The Hoppers have defeated Katunga by 50 points in a stop-start effort on a beautiful winter’s day at Rennie.
The Swans started strongly and took a 12 point lead at the first break.
It was O’Bryan keeping the Hoppers in the game winning clearances, getting inside 50s and also kicking Rennie’s 2 goals for the term.
Term 2 saw the Hoppers up their work rate but 2 goals 8 behinds was a poor reward for effort.
Wilson in the middle and Beams and Davis on their respective wings were providing the impetus for the Hoppers who went to half time 5 points down.
It all clicked in term 3 with a 10 goal quarter with a rampant O’Bryan and Davis feeding Oughton with 4 for the term, Bayles 2, Ferguson and Joel O’Dwyer, in his first senior game and his 100th club game goaling with his second kick.
The stuffing had been knocked out of the game and the Hoppers coasted home in the final term without putting the foot down.
Ten wins now and third on the ladder going onto the final 4 home and away rounds.
Awards were: Lach Davis, Gareth Oughton, Matt McCabe and Nick O’Bryan.
The twos had another good day winning by 86 points.
The Corey Pearn was like greased lightning on his wing, feeding the immovable but creative Boulton who kicked 5 goals.
Ollie Rae provided the highlight having a holding the ball and a falcon in the same play, with the jolly geriatrics Smith, O’Bryan and Nunn providing the drive from half back and in the middle.
Sugden and Ryan with 2 each were also multiple scorers.
Ten wins out of 14, equal second and the likelihood of the double chance is a great result so far.
Awards: Bi Rite Electrical - Corey Pearn, Yarrawonga Hotel - Daniel Boulton, ClubMulwala - Ollie Rae, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort - Jeremy Dickins, Cellarbrations Yarrawonga - Hamish McKenzie.
Just a quality win by the threes, who under great adversity did their club and Coach Boulton proud.
With injuries and a school camp meaning 6 under 14s doubled up, it was these youngsters McInness, Hoskings, Tom Kennedy, Coghill, Shaw and Stephens who really stepped up and kept the Hoppers in the contest.
But the game was slowly slipping away being down by 14 points at the final break.
Cream rises to the top and it was O’Dwyer, Jack Kennedy with 3 goals for the term, Owen Conway and Sammy Thomas who provided the intensity and the class for Rennie to kick 4 goals to none and win by 13. Masterly team defensive effort all day was also noted.
Awards: Murray Valley Rural Supplies - Joel O’Dwyer, Intersport Wingates - Owen Conway, AXT Plumbing - Jack Kennedy, Redback Waste - Sam Thomas, Arnold Hall Family - Hugh Levesque, Judd’s Yarrawonga - Alex Park.
The top 2 teams faced off and it was the Hoppers out of the blocks early with a 24 point lead at half time.
Although unable to grab a goal after the long break, the Rennie defence held manfully and it was only in the last 10 minutes the Swans grabbed a late goal with Rennie retaining top spot winning by 16 points.
Tom Kennedy kicked 3 for the Hoppers, who were led by Josh McInness in the ruck, Shawy and Brody B in key defensive posts, Cooper L using his pace and guile on his wing and Oscar doing a brilliant job on the pill.
Rennie now have the confidence of knowing they have beaten all other teams in their grade.
Awards: I & P Ferguson - Josh McInness, Kennedy Builders - Brody Benjamin, STF Engineering - James Shaw, Murray Valley Electrical - Ben Coghill, Belmores Accounting - Cooper Lonergan, Rennie Catering Committee - Oscar Elliott, Lake Mulwala Bakery - Sammy Bigger.
Great job done by Paula Mifka and her team of helpers in putting together Last Man Standing.
The Hoppers are home to Shepp East this week in another big game for all teams.