Pigeons break record in huge win

June 21, 2017

Drew Barnes was, as always, vital for the Pigeons.

Jake Willett gets the kick away.

Brad O’Connor lines up for a goal despite distractions.

Ned Mullins in under 18s action.

Beau Zanin at full stretch.

Pigeons break record in huge win

Yarrawonga completely dismantled the Corowa Rutherglen combination by 186 points in what was a very disappointing day of football with final score Yarrawonga 35.24.234 to Corowa 7.6.48.

Adding to Corowa Rutherglen’s woes was the need to forfeit the reserves match, which was also a let-down for both clubs.

There has been plenty of discussion on the long-term future of Corowa Rutherglen in the Ovens and Murray league and the state of play on Saturday would likely have added to those talks.

The senior game was evenly contested in the first quarter with the Roos having the lead at the break.

Pigeon coach Kennedy was rightly an unhappy man at quarter time and had plenty to say, which was disappointing after a similar start in round 9.

Early in the second quarter, gun onballer Matt Gorman went down with what looked like a serious left knee injury.

Depending on the outcome this could be a huge loss for the Pigeons with Gorman looking high in the pecking order of best and fairest honours.

Along with injured skipper Tyler Bonat and with Tim Cooper away travelling, the window is wide open for players to step up into the on-ball division.

Corowa’s fitness and application began to show signs of decline just prior to half time.

The Pigeons had two players in Mark Whiley and Drew Barnes who approached the game with the correct attitude. They hit the pack and ball hard, often from the start to finish, for a full four quarters.

The second half resumed with a completely different attitude from both sides.

Corowa had put the cue firmly in the rack allowing the Pigeons to run rampant, kicking 27 goals to the Roos three in the second half.

All Pigeons had the opportunity to touch the ball plenty of times leaving their opponents with little or no spirit.

The end result saw the Pigeons just short of their record breaking score of 36.23.239 against Myrtleford back in 2010. However their 17 goals in the final term breaks the record of the most goals in the last quarter, outranking Albury’s 15 against Benalla in 1998.

Jess Koopman was back in top form with a nine goal performance and was well supported by his employer Marcus McMillan who kicked six.

Another highlight was Marcus and Travis Hargreaves coming into the team to join brother Connor to make it a Hargreaves trio in the seniors.

Back in the early 1960s the Forrester boys Brian, Alan and Kevin sported the blue and the white together.

In the mid-1990s against the Wodonga Raiders reserves the Cummins boys Marty, Adrian and Damien wore the hoops together proudly.

This week Yarrawonga takes on Wangaratta Rovers.

Chronicle Award: 5 Drew Barnes, 4 Mark Whiley, 3 Jess Koopman, 2 Lach Howe, 1 Marcus McMillan.

Under 18s

The Under 18 Pigeons continued their winning ways with a good win against an undermanned Corowa side.

The boys were off to a flying start with Matt Casey and Jake Willett giving the onballers first use with their handy ruckwork.

Two goals to Ronan Pritchard and Matt Casey saw Yarrawonga take the early lead.

When Beau Zanin and Max Tempany chipped in with one each, the boys were up by 38 points at the first break.

The second saw Corowa score their first goal, only to have Macca Lonergan put one through for a quick response.

Darcy Norman made the most of a visit to the forward half with the next two goals to give the boys a 49 point lead at the halftime break.

The third was more of the same with Darcy slotting another before Zac Smith on return from injury drilled the next two.

Down back Troy Bryce, Brandon Carlin and Clay Woodward stopped anything that came their way.

Kayden Sharp and Tim Lawrence provided plenty of run out of the back half and set up numerous goals from their effort.

Goals to Harry Meade, Lachlan Rouel and Tim Lawrence saw the side out to a 14 goal lead at the final break.

Corowa had no answer for the power of Matt Casey at full forward, taking his goal tally to four.

Ronan Pritchard, Jake McConachie and Jack Sexton provided great run all day, so when Jack was set up twice in front of goal late in the quarter, it was good reward for his day’s work. Yarrawonga 19.12.126 def Corowa 2.9.21.


Yarrawonga 2.8, 8.15, 18.17, 35.24 (234)

Corowa Rutherglen 3.4, 4.5, 7.6, 7.6 (48)

GOALS, Yarrawonga :

Jess Koopman 9, Marcus McMillan 6, Brandon Symes 3, Damon Hemphill 3, Drew Barnes 3, Lachlan Howe 2, Mark Whiley 2, Jordan Urquhart 2, Travis Hargreaves 1, Scott Oswald 1, Connor Hargreaves 1, Logan Morey 1, Bradley O'Connor 1

Corowa Rutherglen :

James Lawton 2, William Lawton 2, William Robinson 1, Joe Hansen 1, Hayden Filliponi 1

BEST, Yarrawonga :

Jess Koopman, Drew Barnes, Marcus McMillan, Connor Hargreaves, Brayden Coburn, Bradley O'Connor

Corowa Rutherglen :

Hayden Filliponi, Jack Schilg, Joe Hansen, Samuel Keating, Jed Griffin, Ryan Clohessy

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