Allan Matheson Shield | Kyabram wary of Tatura-Hill Top resurgence

In good form: Kyabram’s John Hausler performed well. Photo by Megan Fisher

If the first round of the Christmas break taught us anything, it’s not to underestimate any Allan Matheson Shield team.

And that’s the message relayed to Kyabram ahead of his ninth-round encounter against a plucky Tatura-Hill Top.

Although more than 40 points separate the two teams on the ladder, Kyabram scouts president Glenn Fields understands his team needs to be on their toes on Saturday.

“I’ve been saying this for a while now, there are no easy games right now,” Fields said.

“They (Tatura-Hill Top) look to be in good contact and in a bit of form. They got closer to Shepparton Golf last weekend so we know the competition will be tough.

“Hopefully we’re up for the challenge and can keep the momentum going.”

Tatura-Hill Top suffered a narrow three-stroke loss to Goulburn Valley Playing Area powerhouse Shepparton Golf last weekend.

The Bulldogs’ impressive and bold performance came in the same weekend as a shock.

East Shepparton climbed from the bottom of the table thanks to their elegant victory over Tallygaroopna – who are now fighting to regain second place.

Kyabram grabbed the position and now holds a slim one-point margin against Tally.

“We want to try to take advantage of the position we’re in right now and hold on to second place going forward,” Fields said.

“Double chance really sets up your series of finals.”

Kyabram enters this weekend after a sublime effort against Euroa.

The Bombers nearly walked away with all 18 points, but two narrow on-ice losses saw them settle for 14 points in the 21-shot victory.

John Hausler saluted 29-15, while Fields ran away with a 31-21 triumph.

Hausler has two wins, one loss and one tie in four appearances as captain this season for the Bombers.

Meanwhile, Fields has led from the front and is currently ranked as the second-best captain in the competition.

“It was good to start the second half of the season with a good win,” Fields said.

“We could have easily come away with 18 points, Paul (McInnes) and Greg (Shilling) had two close losses by two shots and one shot respectively.”

Key Bulldogs captains Brendon Boyd and David Cartwright will be big factors in this weekend’s hit at Kyabram.

Cartwright is coming off a superb performance during the midweek pennant, where he led the Bulldogs to victory over previously unbeaten Shepparton Golf.

  • Finally, this weekend’s Round 9 contest between Shepparton Park and Shepparton Golf will start earlier than normal and start at noon.

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