Pigeon girls defeated but promise bright future

July 26, 2017

Stella Mulquiney handballs under pressure.

It was team spirit all the way, when the Yarrawonga Pigeon girls took on the Thurgoona Bulldogs in Sunday’s preliminary final.

Despite fighting bravely the girls were gallant in defeat, going down 1-3-9 to Thurgoona’s 10-12-72.
Belying what the scoreboard showed, the girls fought hard all day and played with guts and determination right to the final siren.
They tackled hard and were rewarded for their pressure by the umpires.
Unfortunately, while having their share of the ball, they were unable to convert on the scoreboard, with the exception of goal to Illa Crawford in the third term.
They never gave up and this was highlighted by a magnificent chase from Olivia Elliott late in the last quarter which stopped a certain goal.
Coaches Scott Pendergast and Hayley Durnford were proud of their team and the way they played out the match, praising the girls afterwards for the effort shown by every player out there.
The improvement shown by each girl is a credit to themselves and the coaching team of Scott, Haley, Ross Mulquiney and Dave Woodburn, with most of the team never having played at the start of the year.
The leadership group led by example all year and Sunday’s game was no exception with the rest of the team following suit and producing an all-round team game.
While they didn’t win their preliminary final, a lot of positives came from the match and the girls can hold their heads high knowing they gave it everything.
The Yarrawonga Pigeon Girls Youth Team has a bright future ahead of them and the club can’t wait to see what they can do next year.
Awards: Grace Thompson, Elise Freeman, Ella Jones and Courtney Sexton.

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