Kyabram clinched its first reserves premiership since 2010 with a thrilling one-point win against Euroa yesterday.
In windy conditions at Deakin Reserve, the Bombers kicked one less goal than the Magpies, but still hung onto win a scrappy contest.
Billy Ryan kicked Kyabram’s last goal after converting a set shot at the 12-minute mark of the final term and the Bombers managed to somehow weather the Magpies storm.
Nick Brodie gave the Magpies some hope by nailing a goal with two minutes to go, but Kyabram did enough to slow it down and wait for the siren.
Euroa finished the season on top of the ladder, but Kyabram was boosted by some quality inclusions.
After booting nine goals in the preliminary final win against Shepparton United, Kyabram’s senior coach Paul Newman again pulled on the boots for the decider.
The legendary Newman did not have a huge influence on the game, but kicked a team-lifting goal in the second quarter.
As he got ready to lead the Bombers in the main game, Newman took himself to the rooms 17 minutes into the third quarter and did not return to the field.
Josh Pell and Brad Whitford have also played plenty of senior football and were central towards the victory.
Euroa big-man Brad Gleeson went down after receiving a big hit in the second quarter, but was back on the field less than 10 minutes later.
Gleeson rucked against Kyabram’s Zac Norris during the clash, with those players spending the majority of the season in the seniors.
Norris took out the best-on-ground medal as voted by the umpires in a terrific display.
His experience came to the fore, running all day and using his big body to assert his dominance on the contest.
Kyabram’s Tom Curnow took out the medal for best player in the finals series.
Euroa was well served by veteran Craig Bamford, who is still more than fit enough to play senior football.
Brad Cunningham and Jarmyn Tremellen were lively, while Matt Hess had a terrific first half.
Kyabram’s Brad Whitford was injured in the third quarter and did not return to the field after being well in contention for the best-on-ground medal.