The Yarrawonga Youth Girls Team continues to defy all expectations with Sunday’s victory on home soil no exception.
This week’s game against Alpine Lions was always going to be a danger one for Yarrawonga Pigeons as the Lions are the only team to date to beat the girls.
Yarrawonga stepped up to the task and ran out winners at the end of the day 6.12.48 to Alpine Lions 2.3.15.
It was a hard fought start to the match with both teams tackling hard and fighting for an early advantage.
Despite having a large amount of play in their forward line, the defence of the Lions made scoring hard for the Yarrawonga girls.
Some good tackling and follow up by Evita Williams in the forward line and team persistence paid off with Elise Freeman and Annie Robilliard scoring goals before quarter time.
The Lions failed to score in the quarter and Yarrawonga went into the first break 14 points up.
The second quarter was again a hard fought affair and hard tackling by both teams was a highlight of the term.
The hard work of Courtney Sexton, Jenna Knight and Sarah Ryan across the middle and back line continued to make the Lions pay for their mistakes and was eventually rewarded with a goal to Grace Thompson.
The hard work of the back line again kept the Alpine Lions scoreless and the Pigeon girls were up by 22 points at half time
The third quarter saw the Lions change tactics and play an extra two girls in their back line.
This paid off for them and made scoring hard for the Pigeons who were kept goalless for the term despite kicking five behinds.
Alpine scored their first goal of the match and Yarrawonga went onto three quarter time 21 points up.
The Lions came out hard in the last quarter but Yarrawonga came out harder.
Hard tackling and persistence by Ella Jones, Maddi Gissing, Sarah Ryan and Grace Thomson gave the girls a lift and they kicked up a gear.
The goals then came thick and fast with Annie Robilliard kicking two goals and assisting in another two which saw Amy Griffith and Maddi Warner both score.
Yarrawonga ran out winners by 33 points and a rousing version of the team song rocked the locker rooms.
Awards: Courtney Sexton, Annie Robilliard, Maddi Gissing, Grace Thompson, Jenna Knight and Sarah Ryan.
The girls play Thurgoona at 2pm at home next Sunday, so head down to JC Lowe Oval and cheer them on.