Making step by step progress in each of their first three games, the young Pigeons finally broke through for a much-deserved win.
In front of a large and very enthusiastic home crowd, the boys jumped out of the blocks, dominating in the centre winning the clearances and driving the ball forward.
This allowed the forwards to run and jump at the football creating opportunities for the crumbing players to apply pressure, resulting in Mitch Loughnan kicking the opening goal of the game.
The half backline of Loch Harvey, Lachie Phillis and Xavier Walker, along with hard working wingers Beau Cummins and Callum DeOleveira were outstanding stopping Albury in their tracks with brilliant defensive pressure, intercept marking and brave straight line running.
With the backline on top and the ball continually being pumped into the forward line, Jet Peters and Hunter Frauenfelder stamped their authority on the game working hard and getting their just rewards kicking classy goals and extending the Pigeons lead.
Young first year player Daniel Nieuwenhout was outstanding playing deep forward presenting on strong leads, taking marks and applying strong tackles putting the Albury defence under enormous pressure with his physical presence.
Rudi Vodusek benefited from the constant pressure breaking free of his man and taking several telling marks.
New player to the club Xavier Walker showed his class racking up possessions at will and finished off a great game with a classy goal and sealing a great win for the team.
Yarrawonga 4-1-25 defeated Albury 1-1-7
Goals: Mitch Loughnan, Hunter Frauenfelder, Jet Peters, Xavier Walker
Awards: Coaches and Wingates – Mitch Loughnan, Loughnan Award – Daniel Nieuwenhout, DeOleveira Award – Beau Cummins, Vodusek Award – Jet Peters, Subway Award – Rudi Vodusek.
Pigeons fly over TigersThe Yarrawonga Under 14s continued their undefeated season with a strong display against the Albury Tigers on Sunday.
The young Pigeons recovered from a slow start to record a 71 point victory in perfect conditions at the Grove.
Key forward Ned Pendergast continued his outstanding form with four goals playing across half forward.
What particularly pleased the coaching staff was Ned’s leadership and willingness to bring his teammates into the game.
This selfless approach continues to be key theme for all players as the coaches continue to develop both their football skills and willingness to be a ‘good teammate’.
Ned was supported up forward by Caleb Mitchell whose ability to read the play a step ahead of others enables him to display his great decision making and skills.
Running machine Zac Banch continued his superb season finishing with 3 goals from the midfield and across the half back line while Sam Hemphill is on top of his game playing in all three areas of the ground and performing with a competitive spirit and high skill level.
Brendan Ryan again received plaudits for his disciplined approach in the back line, the courageous small defender’s takes no prisoners attitude in his fierce attack on the ball and ability to pressure the opposition.
Harry Nagle relished a new role through the midfield gaining numerous clearances, Nagle was supported by midfielders Fletcher Wallden, Zac Fraser, Will Wheaton and Ben Woodburn (2 goals).
Jobe Kennedy and Hudson Gillies were lively up forward while Austin Willett and Dylan Martin were impressive in numerous roles throughout the day.
The Pigeons take on Corowa away next week with an 8.30am start as a curtain raiser to the Ovens and Murray fixture.
Yarrawonga 13.8.86 defeated Albury 2.3.15
Best: Ned Pendergast, Zach Banch, Sam Hemphill, Will Wheaton, Fletcher Wallden, Brendan Ryan, Ben Woodburn
Goals: Ned Pendergast 4, Zach Banch 3, Sam Hemphill 2, Ben Woodburn 2, Hudson Gillies 1, Caleb Mitchell 1.
Poor start costlyWith the morning fog burnt away, the sun bathed JC Lowe awaited the Under 16 Pigeons against a well-placed Albury Tigers.
Unfortunately for the young Pigeons they were blown away early and never really recovered.
Alex Byrne was again strong and played a quality game across half back in a new role and Jordyn Studd’s return to form could not have been more timely.
However, other four quarter performers were hard to find.
Tom Hicks and Henry Lonergan gave their all against quality opponents but their efforts and attitude are never in doubt.
The remaining members of the squad struggled with the extra pressure brought to bear by a side willing to match them physically and wanting to be physical.
To the boys’ credit they fought out the match and won the last half but the damage had been done.
This side has an exciting fixture against the Corowa Under 16s straight after the senior game at Corowa on Sunday under lights.
Goal Kickers: S. Mickelson 3, R. O’Kane, A. Frauenfelder, L. Martin, A. Lovel.
Best Players: J. Studd, Alex Byrne, R. O’Kane, T. Hemphill, H. Lonergan.
Yarrawonga and District Little LeagueRound 2 results;
Under 8sBulldogs 4 3 27 def Blues 1 6 12
Goal Kickers: Bulldogs- Connor McLarty 2, Darcy Skehan, Brady Kreek Blues-Sonny O’Bryan
Best Players: Bulldogs- Andrew Murphy, Fraser Stephens, Cam Stephens, Ted Brear Blues- Sonny O’Bryan, Jack Van Der Bosh, Ollie Tresize, James Cummins
Bombers 6 11 47 def Magpies 1 2 8
Goals: Bombers- Coober Webster, Tige Sanderson 2, rest not supplied Magpies: Maiko Leith
Best Players: Bombers- Riley Jones, Kyron Dawson, Charlie Hargraves, Jackson Wheeler Magpies: Archie Purtle, Bailey Kolodzekc, River Burns, Sam Taylor
Under 10sBlues 10 6 68 def Bulldogs 2 1 13
Goals: Blues- Not supplied Bulldogs: Zac Forge 2
Best Players: Blues- Max Holgate, Zach Wheeler, Max Loughnan, Declan Martin Bulldogs- Jayden Arnold, Zac Forge, Max O’Bryan, Lenny Lonergan
Bombers 4 7 31 def Magpies 1 4 10
Goals: Bombers- Max Heffernan, Baxter Donovan, Bohdi Leonard, Lach Conway Magpies-M Heffernan
Best Players: Bombers- Archie Doyle, Lach Conway, Baxter Donovan, Archie Jaques Magpies- Xavier Watson, Will Murphy, Sam Bigger, Kyren Rodda
Under 12sBlues 12 5 77 def Bulldogs 4 5 29
Goals: Blues- Lach Phillips 3, Cohen Cuskelly 2, Mitch Loughnan 2, Tom Costigan, Jack Bassett Bulldogs- Loch Forge, Fraser Bennett, Hunter Fraunfelder, Xavier Walker
Best Player: Blues- Jett Peters, Mitch Loughnan, Jack Bassett, Tom Costigan, Bulldogs- Hunter Fraunfelder, Rudi Vodusek, Darcy Hicks, Lochie Forge
Bombers 8 6 54 def Hawks 5 2 32
Goals: Bombers- Joe Conway 3, Liam Williams 2, Beau Cummins, Jaxson Potter, Daniel O’Brien Hawks- Lachie Bosh 2, Lachie Money, Dillon Kirchen, Tyron Docking
Best Players: Bombers- Liam Williams, Joe Conway, Alec Williams, Jaxson Potter Hawks- Riley Dawson, Ben Kennedy, Callum DeOleveira, Lachie Money
Pigeon girls fight hard for the winThe Yarrawonga Youth Girls team continues to cement their growing reputation as a team to be reckoned with after a come from behind win over Thurgoona Bulldogs on Sunday.
The girls won 3.4.22 to 1.6.12 in a game that went right down to the final minutes.
A slow start saw Yarrawonga scoreless at quarter time, however the pressure of Molly Kennedy and Molly Burke around the ground as well as the tenacious work of Amy Nunn helped the team keep in touch with the Bulldogs kept to 1 point.
Continued pressure from the backline helped to keep the Pigeons in touch and a great mark to Liv Elliott in the goal square saw the team’s hard work converted into a goal.
With 5 minutes to go in the quarter Thurgoona were able to answer back to be 1 point down.
After receiving some unwanted attention from the opposition Maddi Gissing showed why she is Co-Vice Captain of the Pigeons collecting another possession on her way off the ground.
A perfect tackle from Molly Kennedy in defence to stop a score ensured Yarrawonga went into the long break maintaining their 1 point lead.
Three minutes into the third quarter and scores were even.
Elise Freeman provided inspiration for the girls with a run up the wing and great pressure in the middle typified the heart of this young team.
The Bulldogs hit the front with 7 minutes to go, before Yarrawonga evened the score with under 3 minutes left in the quarter.
A point to Maddi Gissing with under a minute left and the girls headed into the last break 1 point up.
Brittney Hanley in the back line continued to put pressure on her opponent and hard work from Molly Kennedy, Amy Nunn and Evita Williams kept Thurgoona to another 2 points.
With 2 minutes to go Maddi Gissing kicked a match winning goal that put the girls in front.
Grace Thompson then showed why she is team captain with the sealing goal just before the siren.
Another great team game from all the girls and a well-deserved win for Hayley Durnford and her girls.
The team head to Corowa next Sunday to take on the Murray Felines.
The Resilience Award for the week went to Maddi Gissing and team awards to, Illa Crawford, Elise Freeman, Caitlin Deegan, Meagan Ferguson, Molly Kennedy and Tayla Sampson.