The final home and away round at the JC Lowe Oval gave a perfect warm up for the under 16s squad as they head into finals.
On a sun-baked, pristine oval with finals-like warm weather, the young Pigeons comfortably accounted for their North Albury opposition.
The side was thrown around a great deal to maximise game time and accordingly four quarter performers were hard to find.
However, Sam Willett and Tom Hicks were hard to miss with the latter kicking a number of goals and continuing to grow as a player every game.
In the ruck Austin Frauenfelder was in everything early and along with Jordyn Studd controlled the mid-zone when it counted.
On the wings Tully Woodward and Alex Lovell were engaged in duel after duel in an exciting contest.
Both players have continued to work at their football over the year, training regularly and the benefits of such starting to really show.
Up forward there was new blood with Jackson Meade and Josh Spain across half forward.
These players, along with Tylar Hemphill and Henry Lonergan, not only hit the scoreboard they applied good pressure and played unselfish team first football all day.
However, the home and away season is now closed and the finals season opens.
The finals series starts with the under 16s taking on the Wodonga Raiders at the JC Lowe Oval in a home elimination final on Sunday.
Both sides have been evenly match throughout the year and the young Pigeons will need to bring their very best to continue their march forward in the AWJFL 2017 Finals Series.
Yarrawonga 16.13.109 def North Albury 11.10.76.
Goals: A. Byrne 4, T. Hicks 3, S. Mickelson 2, M. Hemphill , Jackson Meade, A. Frauenfelder, J. Spain , T. Hemphill, H. Lonergan, J. Forge.
Best: T. Hicks, S. Willett, T. Woodward , A. Lovel, J. Spain, J. Studd.
Under 14s finish strong
The Yarrawonga Under 14s finished the home and away season with a convincing four quarter performance against North Albury at JC Lowe Oval on Sunday.
The Pigeons dominated from early in the game with ruckman Tom Gorman impressing on his return from a knee injury. The big man got first hands to the ball consistently and worked hard across four quarters to add a new dimension to the team.
Midfielders Zac Banch (4 goals), Zac Fraser, Will Wheaton and Will Sexton all capitalised on Gorman’s work by winning numerous possessions and creating some impressive ball movement across the ground.
The forward line worked hard across the day, creating space for each with the running power of Jye Leonard and Ethan Byrne keeping the North Albury defenders busy - both youngsters hitting the scoreboard in a strong performance.
Key forward Caleb Mitchell played his role superbly hitting up at the ball while Fletcher Wallden, fresh from a school camp in Darwin, provided plenty of drive across the half forward line with speed and attack on the ball.
Ben Woodburn was dangerous around goals and through the midfield while Kobi Gallagher and Dylan Steele were able to provide scoring opportunities.
The backline was ruthless all day with a series of bottom age players Sam Hemphill, Brendan Ryan, Harry Nagle and Dylan Martin all attacking the ball with ferocity and sticking to the task.
Max Mickelson and Olly Ridley were strong through the wings and across half back in what was a complete performance by the developing team.
Special acknowledgement to award winners this week Austin Willett, Jyda House and Hudson Gillies who all played for North Albury is a true demonstration of sportsmanship.
The Pigeons will head into next week’s finals series full of confidence in what is shaping up as a very even and challenging end of the season.
Yarrawonga 16.5.111 def North Albury 0.4.4
Best: Will Sexton, Zac Banch, Will Wheaton, Oliver Ridley, Brendan Ryan, Ben Woodburn, Harry Nagle, Caleb Mitchell, Fletcher Wallden.
Goals: Zac Banch 4, Jobe Kennedy 2, Fletcher Walden 2, Ben Woodburn 2, Ethan Byrne, Jye Leonard, Caleb Mitchell, Jett Smith, Dylan Steele, Will Wheaton.
Under 12s win big to score double chance
The final home and away game for the season saw the Pigeons take on the Hoppers.
After coming up short last week by a goal the game would be a true test of character seeing just how far they have come from the start of the season.
After being held scoreless in the reverse fixture in round two the boys had a point to prove.
Darby Mullins started in the ruck and set the tone superbly dominating his opponent at the hit outs and following up with aggression at the ground ball.
The midfield group of Mac Pendergast, Xavier Walker and Mitch Loughnan fed off the dominance and pumped the ball forward.
Hard leading forward Hunter Fraunfelder took several telling marks in the opening exchanges.
Small forward Darby Pendergast tackled hard and fed on the crumbs from a marking contest to snap a well-deserved goal to open the scoring.
Jet Peters put on a display beyond his years playing superb selfless football, running and spreading hard from his forward flank.
Jet was a vital link player between the half back line and the forward line. His ability to use first option football and have a disposal efficiency rate of 90 percent tore the game apart allowing the young Pigeons to get on an unstoppable roll.
Back up ruckman Tom Ryan played well getting his hands on the football at stoppages and again like Darby Mullins used his physical presence to advantage.
The two Lochie’s along with Jack Bassett led a back six that dented every North Albury attack.
Hard working wingers Lachie Bosch, Callum DeOleveira and Nathan Weir ran themselves ragged gathering plenty of possessions while nullifying the influence of their opponents.
Daniel Nieuwenhout was dangerous deep forward laying tackles and putting on crucial blocks to keep the pressure on the North Albury defenders.
Jacob Prestage showed his class playing smart football out of the goal square and helping himself to two goals.
A 92 point turnaround from round two guaranteed the boys a well-deserved top four position and more importantly a double chance heading into next week’s first qualifying final at JC Lowe Oval.
Yarrawonga 8-5-53 def North Albury 1-1-7
Goals: Xavier Walker 2, Jacob Prestage 2, Geoffrey Montgomery, Mac Pendergast, Darby Pendergast, Hunter Frauenfelder.