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Bat raised for half-century

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June 04, 2018

Paul Newman has raised the bat plenty of times on the cricket field dominating for Kyabram Fire Brigade.

Paul Newman has raised the bat plenty of times on the cricket field dominating for Kyabram Fire Brigade.

On Saturday, his Bombers saluted with their 50th win in a row against Mansfield, remarkably having not lost since the 2015 grand final.

In true Kyabram style the side was slick with its skills — exemplified by Mick Mattingly — and the Bombers allowed their opposition a sniff before running away with the game.

The Eagles were 10 points up in the first quarter before goals to Patrick Wearden and Cade Mueller allowed the dual reigning premier to enter the first break ahead.

But from then on Kyabram showed Mansfield it would not be afforded the same concessions as the first quarter.

‘‘I don’t know whether we got a bit ahead of ourselves because we were close and weren’t able to match it or they ran that little bit harder and they work hard for each other and play their roles and I said to the boys afterwards that this is a lesson for us,’’ Eagles coach Cameron Hotton said.

‘‘We tried to play the game as we have in the last few weeks with plenty of run from behind (in the first quarter), but from then on we let them dictate and when they’re dictating terms, they can always find time and space.’’

Mansfield kicked just one goal in the second term and was kept scoreless in the third quarter and the Bombers rammed home 17 majors to four in the second half.

With 11 goals on Saturday, Kayne Pettifer has a a 19-goal buffer ahead of Tatura’s Brandyn Grenfell at the top of the Goulburn Valley League’s goal-kicking table, crafting goals from wherever the ball landed.

But Hotton said Lachie Christopher battled hard against the star in the second half, with ruckman Josh Marton also receiving the coach’s approval.

‘‘He probably battles week in week out as an undersized ruckman and worked really well,’’ he said.

‘‘I guess when you’re beaten in most regions of the ground, he was one that battled hard all day.’’

The 117-point loss was not helped by an ankle injury to midfield ace Jamie Sheahan, although Kyabram had its own injury woes.

In just his since game back since returning from holiday, Bomber onballer Jordan Williams went down in the first quarter with a hamstring strain.

With the Bombers consistently at the top of their game, Newman praised his side for never dropping off the pace.

‘‘The guys were playing good football, especially in the second half the pressure around the ball was good and we were able to win the ball in dangerous areas and our skill execution was really good,’’ he said.

Nick Coulstock, Liam Ogden and Liam Barrett were all superb, with Wearden and Mattingly combining for seven goals.

‘‘He (Mattingly) is just getting better and better, he’s a classy player and super fit and covers the ground, he’s been good all year, but over the last few weeks he’s been fantastic,’’ Newman said.

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