Match Preview - Seniors
Shepparton is one win away from completing one of the most amazing rags to riches stories in football.
The problem is the team standing between it completing the fairy-tale is Kyabram.
Kyabram has been one of the most remarkable football stories in itself as it looks to complete a second straight season without losing a game.
If anyone can stop them it definitely is Shepparton.
Under the guidance of one of the region’s best coaches in Brad Campbell, the Bears have gone from not winning a game in 2013, to finals last year and a grand final this year.
In actual fact, it is the first grand final for one of the league’s most successfully clubs since the year 2000 where it defeated Shepparton United.
The Bears are one the most attractive teams to watch due to their style of play.
It is a brand that rewards them for taking risks.
Yes, there has been some speed humps along the way, but Brad Campbell has backed his troops all the way.
Down back the Bears are led by skipper Ted Lindon, Mitch Brett and Sam Dunstan.
Through the midfield, the Bears have an array of talented on-ballers from Ben Davies, the spiritual leader Nick Allan, Nick Rokahr, Rowan Hiscock, David Stretton and Ashley Holland.
You can rest assure that Rokahr, Hiscock and Davies won’t be granted the time and space that both Rochester and Seymour have allowed them in the past fortnight.
Down forward, John Bradaric has been a revelation. He has gone from struggling at the level three years ago to being a regular for the team. He has kicked 30 goals for the year.
Others to chip in down forward are Matt Brett, Luke Smith, James Wong and James Lloyd.
The forwards will have their work cut out today, trying to break down the tight back six of Kyabram led by Josh Vick, Lachie Smith, Sam Sheldon and Jason Morgan.
Through the middle of the ground Kyabram has plenty of star quality with Liam Ogden, Jordan Williams, Billy Burstin, Jake Reeves, Josh Pell and Rhys Clark.
Down forward, the Bombers have plenty of match-winners from Kyle Mueller to Kayne Pettifer, while Hayden Gemmill, Brad Mangan, Nick Coulstock and Brad Edwards are others who are capable of hitting the scoreboard.