Pigeons down in grand final

August 30, 2017

Zac Banch under pressure in the under 14s.

The Yarrawonga Under 14s headed into the AWFJ Grand Final with great enthusiasm and with great support from a huge contingent of Yarrawonga family, friends and supporters.

Led out by co-captains Fletcher Wallden and Will Wheaton, the Pigeons started the game with competitive intent and energy as they defended bravely against the strong breeze at Martin Park in Wodonga.
Ned Pendergast settled into centre half back for the quarter repelling numerous attacks while Sam Hemphill, Brendan Ryan and Fletcher Wallden continued to play in front of their opponents to ensure the talented St Patricks outfit only scored 3 points for the quarter.
Kicking with the breeze in the second quarter the Pigeons started well with Jett Smith getting on top in the ruck and Zac Banch and Will Sexton continued to drive the ball forward providing scoring opportunities.
It was a superb left foot snap from 50 metres by Caleb Mitchell that got the ball rolling for the Pigeons and when Baxter Droop kicked the second for the term the energy throughout the team was evident to the large supporter base who were up and about.
The third quarter proved an arm wrestle with the Pigeons defending sternly across the ground Jye Leonard, Max Mickelson were putting their heart and soul into each contest while Ben Woodburn was battling superbly across the half forward line.
Zac Fraser was able to push forward during the quarter taking a brave mark and converting into the breeze from 23 metres out.
The Pigeons momentum was stifled late in the quarter when the St Patricks midfield gathered two clearances to kick two goals in the last two minutes, St Pats entered ¾ time with a 16 point lead.
With nothing to lose the Pigeons attacked the start of the last quarter playing some exciting football and peppering the ball inside 50, unfortunately they were unable to convert their chances finishing with 4 behinds for the quarter.
St Patricks eventually ran out deserved victors as the better team on the day, ultimately the game was played in a great competitive spirit with both clubs represented extremely well.
The coaches wrapped up the season congratulating the players on their willingness to train hard, strive to continually improve and importantly come together as a team unit.
Special thanks to the volunteers who represent the club with great respect and energy; Tracy Gillies (team manager), Mark House (assistant coach), Damon Hemphill (assistant coach), Glenn Leonard (trainer), Todd Hemphill (umpire), Leigh Wallden (umpire) and Ashley Wheaton (time keeper) and many more have continued to put their hand up to provide a great support to the players and the club.
St Patricks 6.6.42  defeated Yarrawonga 3.7.25.
Goals: Baxter Droop 1, Zac Fraser 1, Caleb Mitchell 1
Best Players: Ned Pendergast, Zac Fraser, Sam Hemphill, Jett Smith, Will Sexton, Zac Banch.

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