Karra has become used to staying at home on weekend

January 19, 2018

After smashing plenty of runs before Christmas, Mooroopna gun Will Hale showed his bowling prowess last Saturday with 4-28.

Karramomus lines up for its 10th Haisman Shield fixture at Vibert Reserve — and ninth in a row — when it takes on Kyabram in round 11 action starting tomorrow.

And while the comforts of home have been on hand for captain Jason Ibbotson’s charges all year, they have only translated to two victories.

‘‘I think we haven’t really played away at all except for a trip to Kyabram (in round two),’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘It is good I suppose, you know the pitch and everything like that, but I reckon we wouldn’t mind a road trip to be honest, just for something different.’’

The Bloods get the chance to travel in the final two matches of the season, but first will attempt to keep their slim finals hopes alive with a win against the Redbacks.

‘‘I think we’re definitely up against it, but anything’s possible,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘Every game you go out to win, but we’ve got a lot of young kids, so we’re also trying to get them stable and set in A-grade for next year.

‘‘Obviously there’s a slight chance we can play finals, but lots of things are going against us.’’

Last week the Bloods lost Nathan Laffy (broken arm) and Rob Salter (knee) to serious injuries, while Nathan Jones is unavailable for one week of this contest, so Ibbotson will be looking towards others to stand up and perform well.

For the Redbacks, who sit fourth on the ladder, a win against the Bloods would help increase momentum heading into what will surely be a tight finals series.

Import Eliot Callis (230 runs at an average of 32.86), captain Alec Young (199 at 49.75) and young gun Kyle Mueller (197 at 24.63) have been important with the bat for Kyabram, and will be hoping to turn regular starts into scores of substance if given the opportunity tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Curtis Ryan (15 wickets at 14.87 with best figures of 5-20) and Charlie McLay (15 at 15.07 with a best of 6-53) have enjoyed ripping through opposition batting line-ups this season and could do the same in this match.

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