A young Corowa combination gave it their best on their home turn on Sunday but the Pigeons outclassed the Roos to secure a convincing win.
In a day that saw five matches showcased at John Foord Oval, from juniors right through to seniors, Yarrawonga played with confidence and put on a solid display of team football.
The Roos defence had a battle against the superb performance of Bradley O’Connor who kicked 11 goals in an outstanding performance, securing his spot as leading goal kicker for the season, four in front of Wangaratta’s Michael Newton.
But it was the debut of Matt Casey from the Under 18s that had the crowd talking as he impressed with five goals in a sparkling display.
Casey’s debut brought back memories of a young Tom Lonergan who kicked six majors against Wodonga Raiders in his debut 15 years ago.
Club supporters and the playing group will no doubt be hoping Casey can establish himself in the team moving forward.
Corowa’s first term gave plenty for the Pigeons to think about but Whiley, Cooper, Gorman and Wild answered by gathering plenty of ball.
The late withdrawal of Lawless gave more game time to Urquhart and Marcus Hargreaves who both put in strong performances.
After enjoying the win over the Roos, attention turns to the Pigeons’ next home game against in the Albury Tigers in round 6 after the interleague bye.
With the continued strength of the Tigers on show in 2017, all three Pigeons teams will have to be on top of their game plan and their goal kickers on target.
The day is sure to a great measure of the season ahead for both clubs and one eagerly awaited by the players, coaches and supporters.
Chronicle Award: 5 Brad O’Connor, 4 Matt Casey, 3 Tim Cooper, 2 Matt Gorman, 1 Jake Wild.
It was always going to be a tough day for the struggling Roos reserves up against the likes of Walliss, Symes and Oswald as they continue to push for senior selection within a solid Yarrawonga Reserves outfit.
Tim Hargreaves and Isaac Byrne had plenty of supply allowing them to notch up seven and five goals respectively to add to their season tally.
2006 Senior premiership player Dallas Gallagher was at it again, producing four majors and proving to the crowd he hasn’t lost it in rather convincing fashion.
In a match of few highlights for the Roos, they were in with a chance when Pigeon Oswald appeared to be feeling a bit sorry for the opposition and headed down field ready to aim at their goals.
He was quickly, and loudly, reminded by his team mates and the crowd that the teams had changed ends at the ¾ time break and he performed a quick u-turn.
It was a miserable day for the Roos who to their credit gave it all they had, but it was clear that even the young Pigeon contenders are showing much improvement alongside Yarrawonga’s experienced players.
Yarrawonga 34.16 230 def Corowa 0.1 1.
Goals: Tim Hargreaves 7. I Byrne 5, T Walliss 4, D Gallagher 4, T Schofield 2, W Robinson 2, B Symes 2, J Bruce 2, M Bourke 2, S Oswald 1, C Wilson 1, X Kennedy 1, T Williams 1
Best: T Walliss, B Symes, S Oswald, B Smith, T Hargreaves, M Grinter.
The young Pigeons put in a solid performance against the struggling Corowa Roos on Sunday.
Bailey Frauenfelder and Tim Lawrence set the scene with early goals, which they steadily built on during the day.
Jack Sexton and Darcy Norman ran their opponents ragged and were key in giving the side a four goal lead at quarter time.
The second was more of the same with Yarrawonga’s on ballers dominating the stoppages and delivering quality ball into the forward line.
The Pigeons held an eight goal lead at the main break.
Big man Jake Willett was prominent in his best performance of the year as was the long striding Beau Zanin who repeatedly marked strongly under pressure.
Max Tempany was strong up forward and with a late goal, gave the side an 11 goal lead going into the last quarter.
It was forwards Tim Lawrence and Bailey Frauenfelder who put the Roos to the sword with multiple goals in the last to take their tallies to five and four respectively and see the boys run away with a 16 goal win.
Yarrawonga 18.9.117 def Corowa 3.4.22.