The last time Shepparton defeated Kyabram, Sean Harrap and Paul Newman were playing for their respective clubs rather than coaching them.
Bombers legend Newman slotted eight goals, but it was the Bears that had the last laugh in the round nine 2012 clash, when they won 12.12 (84) to 11.8 (74) at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.
Now at the helm for his first season, Harrap will aim to bring his side the breakthrough win and Shepparton’s first flag since 2000.
The Bears are battling against recent history as Kyabram aims for its third consecutive premiership to bring to a close its third undefeated year and 63 straight wins.
But Shepparton showed grit against the Bombers in the qualifying final this month and another loss aside, the performance has Bears fans excited about the chance to take on the almighty side again.
In the netball, Shepparton is aiming for its first A-grade premiership in the Goulburn Valley League and after an unbeaten season, Tracey Brereton’s charges are warm favourites when they meet Echuca.
The Bears know heartache in finals having exited in last year’s preliminary final, with Ash Cann, Morgan Gibson, Jacinta Todd and Hannah Crawley all remaining members from the 2013 grand final loss.
But the Murray Bombers always have plenty up their sleeve and coach Gina Pearson will not let the game pass without trying every idea she has.
The reserves, thirds and all remaining four grades of the netball will also be extensively covered in 32 pages of sport to be found in Monday’s edition of the News.
With the Murray and Kyabram District league grand finals on tomorrow during a mammoth two days of sport in the Goulburn Valley, Monday’s paper will have all the results and reaction from the biggest weekend of the year.
In addition to the coverage in the News, McPherson Media Group will be live streaming all the football grand finals from 9am on Sunday at www.sheppnews.com.au as well as providing updates on social media.