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Hoppers ‘smashed’ by Eagles

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June 07, 2017

Jack Robinson in action for the Rennie seniors.

Chase Strawhorn kicked 7 goals in a heavy loss for Rennie.

Mitch Collins-Bye was good for the Hoppers.

The Rennie seniors were smashed by a very disciplined, hard running and quality Shepparton East footy team at Central Park on Saturday.
The Hoppers were competitive in a fast-flowing first quarter with 2 goals to Strawhorn supporting the on-ball play of Bigger and Sudholz.
Davis was again a ball magnet on his wing and Fountain was holding solid at half back.
Term 2 saw the Eagles blow the game apart kicking 10 goals to Strawhorn’s 2 more.
Shepp East zigged, zagged and cut a swathe through the Rennie midfield and defence who had no answer and the Eagles 65 point stranglehold on the match at half time.
No slacking in the third term as the lead blew out to more than 100 and it was only the relentless pressure of Collins-Bye and Robinson that helped quell the blitz.
Owen Conway kicked his first senior goal in his second game which was the highlight for Rennie for the term.  
Coach Ednie asked for some respect in the final term and the Hoppers were able to win the term 5 goals to 4 with Strawhorn finishing with 7 goals in an outstanding lone-hand, effort up forward.
The Hoppers are now sitting fifth on the ladder and will be looking to bounce back next week.

Reserves

The reserves were never out of the match against Shepparton East but could not get enough scoreboard pressure to keep with the Eagles, going down by 49 points.
Fry was the only goalkicker for the Hoppers with 2 majors.
It was Rae on the back flank and deputy Fitzpatrick in the middle who were doing the damage with Keegan Page playing a blinder and Pearny repeating his solid effort from the week before.
Pity Dodge did not lead by example with his bouncing skills when running into an open goal.
Rennie are now fourth on the reserves ladder with 2 season defining games in the next fortnight.
Awards: Bi Rite Electrical - Ollie Rae, Yarrawonga Hotel - Ben Fitzpatrick, ClubMulwala - Keegan Page, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort - Corey Pearn, Cellarbrations Yarrawonga - Tim Fry.

Under 17s

Great win by the thirds who were troubled early, but with quarters of 5, 4 and 9 goals ended up dominating by 115 points.
The everywhere man Dylan Beavis got leather poisoning again and finished off with 7 goals, well supported by Harry Meade with 5 and Angus Parmenter with 3 in a breakout game for him.
But it was the step up by players like Hughie Levesque, Travvie Wallace and Fletch Donno which will have coach Boulton most pleased.
The load is being spread and the team concept is integral to this group’s development.
Awards: Murray Valley Rural Supplies - Dylan Beavis, Intersport Wingates - Harry Meade    , AXT Plumbing - Hugh Levesque, Redback Waste - Joel O’Dwyer, Arnold Hall Family - Trav Wallace, Judd’s Yarrawonga - Angus Parmenter.            
Under 14s
Good win by the fourths winning by 70 and keeping their opponents scoreless.
Great to see Brody Benjamin and Charlotte Donovan make their debuts, particularly Charlotte who has done a brilliant job of helping out over the last year and a half.
Plugger Kennedy was a star up forward kicking 5 with strong marking and finishing, Josh Mc is the best bigman in the competition and Oscar Elliott snagged his first RFC goal as well as pumping the pill continually to his forwards. The smallest Hoppers are equal top.
Awards: I & P Ferguson - Tom Kennedy, Kennedy Builders - Oscar Elliott, STF Engineering     - Daniel Hoskings, Murray Valley Electrical - Jesse Brogan, Belmores Accounting - Josh McInness, Rennie Catering Committee - Brody Benjamin, Lake Mulwala Bakery - Charlotte Donovan.        
Long weekend coming up but before the Hoppers relax there will be big games against Dookie on Saturday.  It will be great to be back at Rennie for the first time in 5 weeks.
Go Hoppers.
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