Rampaging Bombers fine-tune systems

May 07, 2018

Making an impact: Kyabram's Bailey Bell continued an impressive start to the year with two goals.

Hot footy: Swans' Jackson Milne tries to burst through the pack.

Kyabram’s trip to Shepparton Swans was never likely to be much of a contest - and it most certainly was not.

The league’s best side beat the competition struggler by a whopping 177 points, the biggest win of the Bombers’ historic 47-game winning streak, surpassing the 154-point triumph from 2017 against Shepparton United.

They had a remarkable 55 scoring shots to eight, with 13 of their 21 players finding the big sticks.

But early in the contest, it took time for the rampaging Bombers to hit their stride.

Despite an eight scoring shots to two edge, they led by just 11 points at the first break - but that was the last time the Swans would be anywhere close.

In a remarkable show of power, the Bombers piled on 8.9 in the second term to build a 66-point lead, only inaccuracy sparing the Swans a more embarassing scoreline.

Bombers’ coach Paul Newman - who marked his return to senior football with two goals - said it had been a comfortable day at the office.

‘‘They were really good in the first quarter, their pressure was fantastic,’’ he said.

‘‘We highlighted a few things we wanted to work on through the game, including our structures and we were really happy with the way the guys stuck to the task.

‘‘It’s pretty easy in those circumstances to be chasing kicks, so we stuck to our guns and played really well.’’

Ahead by 96 points at three-quarter-time, the Bombers had one last burst in them, annihilating the Swans with 12.9 in the final quarter to blow the margin right out.

Newman acknowledged there was little joy to be taken from such a one-sided beating, but it could serve as a platform for next weekend’s exciting grand final rematch against Shepparton.

‘‘It is hard at times, but we just kept putting it on our guys as an opportunity to keep working on things, and how we want to set up,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re really happy with yesterday but the tempo will be a fair bit higher against the Bears. We’ll look to carry some of that momentum into next week.’’

Again it was Kayne Pettifer benefitting most from Kyabram dominance with eight goals, taking him to 28 goals in five games.

Sam Sheldon, Lachie Smith and Pat Wearden were best for Kyabram.

For the Swans, Mitch Hough, Rhys Healey and Luke Simpson were best on a disappointing day.

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