Under 16s close but no cigar

May 10, 2017
On a beautiful autumn evening the Yarrawonga Under 16s took to the picturesque ‘lit-up’ John Foord Oval in Corowa, to bring to a close a massive day of football and netball in the bi-annual Rumble by the River.
In a game where both side were evenly matched it was always going to be the minimising of errors and capitalisation upon errors that decided the game.
Unfortunately for the young Pigeons they made too many costly errors and the Corowa side made them pay.
However, the game itself was played out strongly with the tackle pressure and ball handling a significant improvement from previous weeks. Such is a credit to the efforts many players are making at training.
Alex Byrne was again the premier tall player on the field. He produced a strong rucking performance and also held down CHB in a rotation with a continually improving Nick Gorman.
Marcus Quinn and Riley O’Kane worked through the midfield forward rotation and for those that stayed around after the senior game they would have seen two young men that play football in a manner in which it should - strong, aggressive and competitive to the final whistle.  
At full back Zac Burns again competed well and along with Kyle Abikhair in the back half, kept the side in the game.
In particular both players’ attack on the ball in the air has improved dramatically during the season with both players stepping up their performances as the season has progressed.
Tom Adkins and Reece Norman combined well for the side, with both hitting the scoreboard. Tom was able to play equally well back or forward and Reece running through the mid and forward zones to good effect.
While the loss was disappointing the efforts of the players were much improved, even from games earlier in the season where they may have won.
There is the interleague bye this Sunday (for Mother’s Day) and the side returns to the JC Lowe Oval on Sunday, May 28 against Wodonga Raiders.
Goal Kickers: R. O’Kane 2, A. Frauenfelder 2, N. Pendergast, J. Forge, T. Adkins, R. Norman
Best Players: A. Byrne, Z. Burns, R. O’Kane, J. Studd, R. Norman, M. Quinn, T. Adkins

12s go back to back

A fantastic team effort rewarded the young Pigeons with their first back to back victories for the season with a dominant win over Corowa.
Starting in the midfield the boys ran riot, bursting through tackles, linking up with the run and carry players who supplied the forwards with scoring opportunities.
Regular full back Darcy Hicks started forward and was lively early taking several strong marks resulting in shots on goal.
After some strong work by the forwards, Hunter Frauenfelder kicked the first goal for the game. Inaccurate kicking had the scoreboard looking ugly at 1 goal, 8 behinds at quarter time.
Dominant ruckman Mac Pendergast was moved forward in the second quarter and ripped the game apart taking strong contested marks and kicking 3 goals.
Young first year player Ollie Connell also chimed in on the scoring spree nabbing a fine roving goal.
The highlight of the day belonged to Rudi Vodusek who was the beneficiary of terrific team play set up deep down back with quick ball movement finding Hunter Frauenfelder free at centre half forward.
Hunter lowered his eyes and hit Rudi with a bullet like pass. With Tony Locket style the big fella went back and slotted his first ever goal.
With prolific ball winners all over the ground the Pigeons ran riot after the main break, sealing a win and topping up with confidence heading into next week’s bye.
Yarrawonga 9-12-66 defeated Corowa 0-1-1
Goal kickers: Mac Pendergast 3, Hunter Frauenfelder 2, Jet Peters, Lachie Phillips, Ollie Connell, Rudi Vodusek.
Awards: Coaches and Wingates – Hunter Frauenfelder, Loughnan Award – Fraser Cummins, DeOleveira Award – Rudi Vodusek, Vodusek Award – Damon Murray, Subway Award – Jye Brennan.

Pigeons snag fourth win

The Yarrawonga team song rang out loud and proud from the changerooms after the Yarrawonga Youth Girls celebrated their fourth win of the season on Sunday.
A near perfect day for football saw the girls win 7.11.53 to Murray Felines 1.3.9.
The game was closer than the scores indicated and, as per previous weeks, the grit and determination of the team shone through, especially in the second half.
The first half of the game was hard fought across the backlines, as seems to be the trend in Yarrawonga’s games.
A goal to Liv Elliott gave the girls some early confidence and team work was evident in the hard tackling from the girls.
Molly Bourke worked extremely hard around the ground, gaining a lot of possessions as did the rest of the midfield.
A goal to Maddi Gissing late in the quarter saw the girls go into the first break in front by 14 points.
Despite a lot of hard work by the midfield and forward line, goals were hard to come by in the second quarter. 
The Pigeons struggled to convert on the scoreboard, through the big sticks anyway.
Juliette Peace and Amy Griffith both had good quarters and Amy Nunn worked hard as always.
One goal and four points for the quarter saw the girls up 3.6 24 to Felines 1.2 8 at half time.
The girls came out for the second with renewed determination and a sense of purpose.
First gamers Ella Jones and Heidi Murray both shone through with their hard work and never say die attitude.
Ella selflessly gave the ball to Illa Crawford for a well-deserved goal in the 4th, while Heidi showed her worth in the ruck throughout the match.
Team work shone through in the second half and was finally rewarded on the scoreboard. Goals to Maddi Gissing, Illa Crawford, Liv Elliott and Courtney Sexton cemented the girl’s biggest win of the season by 44 points.
Yarrawonga Pigeon Youth Girls are now one game clear at the top of the ladder with four wins and one loss.
Next week’s game is against Lavington Panthers at Yarrawonga’s JC Lowe Oval, check the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club Facebook page for starting time.
Goals: M Gissing 3, C Sexton 2, Liv Elliott 1, Illa Crawford 1
Awards: A Nunn, J Peace, T Samson, C Sexton, E Jones, H Murray, M Ferguson.
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