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Anything is possible

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September 22, 2017

Shepparton co-captains Ted Lindon and Ash Holland focus in on coach Brad Campbell at training on Wednesday night.

The News has you covered ahead of the historic Goulburn Valley League grand final on Sunday.

Once again, our special 12-page wrap provides you with everything you need to know about the biggest sporting day of the year in this region.

There will be great stories to come out of this grand final, no matter who wins and who loses.

Shepparton is the fairytale story, with the Bears gearing up to play in their first decider since winning the 2000 premiership.

It has been a long road back to the top for the proud club, but they are there and will be gunning to extend their GVL record for premierships by adding a 27th to the trophy cabinet.

Standing in their way is arguably the greatest team in league history, with Kyabram the hottest of favourites to win consecutive premierships for the first time since 1928.

Last year, Paul Newman’s team became the first side since Nagambie in 1939 to go through an entire GVL season undefeated and cap it off with a flag.

The Bombers are in a position to achieve that feat again after an extraordinary 41-game winning streak.

They have not lost a match since the 2015 grand final against Benalla.

If Kyabram can get it done, it will be the club’s third premiership in five seasons.

Luke Morris, Rhys Clark, Liam Ogden, Jason Morgan, Tom Holman, Hayden Gemmill, Axel Childs, Jake Reeves and Brad Edwards are in with a chance of playing in all three flags.

In the A-grade netball, Kyabram is also gunning for a slice of history with the Bombers taking an unblemished record into the decider.

The Bombers won last year’s grand final as slight underdogs, but after a dominant season led by dual Wellman Family medallist Steph Vick, they will fancy their chances of toppling Shepparton United.

But the beauty of grand final day is anything can happen.

With blustery conditions expected for Shepparton, it could make the games unpredictable.

The News has a proud history of covering sport and it will continue this weekend, as the Murray Football League and Kyabram District Football Netball League grand finals are also on Saturday.

It is going to be a bumper Monday edition of the paper, with 32 pages of sport, meaning it will be a souvenir special that no Goulburn Valley sports fan can afford to miss.

Good luck to all teams, families and supporters on a giant weekend.

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