Yarrawonga started the first quarter and half of season 2018 in brilliant fashion against Albury but gave up a 46 point lead at one stage to go down by 22 points, 13.9.87 to 16.13.109.
Played at Lonsdale Reserve Mulwala on Easter Sunday in front of a big crowd, the Pigeons showed early that its new younger side will be competitive, racking up a 5 goal to 1 first quarter against O&M powerhouse Albury Tigers.
Captain Tyler Bonat , Mark Whiley and new recruit Harry Wheeler made the most of Lach Howe’s rucking taps and up forward Brad O’Connor was moving well.
Playing his 50th senior game, Jess Koopman and Seymour best and fairest recruit, Harry Wheeler, helped put last year’s runners-up on the back foot.
Yarrawonga’s dominance continued early in the second quarter with the difference blowing out to almost eight goals, with the electronic scoreboard on loan from J.C.Lowe Oval stating 9.3.57 to 1.5.11.
Brandon Symes was dominant up forward aided well by Xavier Leslie. Down back, Beau Seymour and Jake Wild kept the Albury forwards on their toes, repeatedly winning contests and allowing Yarrawonga to move the ball forward.
Albury however have not been the dominant force over the years for no reason. Their more experienced players in Mackie, O’Hara and Gaylard slowly got the side back into the contest.
With both sides booting four goals in the second quarter, the Pigeons went into the long break 22 points in front.
Albury added five goals to Yarrawonga’s two in the third quarter to trail by just five points at the last change.
Brandon Symes seemed to have steadied the ship with two goals early in the last quarter or the Pigeons to lead by 16 points, 10 minutes into the final quarter.
But again Albury came back. Yarrawonga in the end had no answer for the faster finishing Tigers who had delivered a 68-point turnaround from midway in the second quarter.
Albury’s experienced players were the difference according to Yarrawonga coach Damien Sexton.
“They know nothing else than what it means to win and how to win,” he said.
“I’m disappointed because our experienced blokes basically haven’t beaten Albury for five years and we really had an opportunity, but we gave it up.”
Albury 1.2, 5.6, 10.8, 16.13 (109)
Yarrawonga 5.2, 9.4, 11.7, 13.9 (87)
GOALS, Albury : Charles Gaylard 5, Brayden O’Hara 4, Joel Mackie 4, Shaun Daly 2, William Blomeley 1.
Yarrawonga : Brandon Symes 4, Tyler Bonat 2, Bradley O’Connor 2, Nick Lawless 2, Mark Whiley 1, Xavier Leslie 1, Travis Hargreaves 1.
BEST, Albury : Charles Gaylard, Brayden O’Hara, Joel Mackie, Tristan Mann, James Grills, Michael Thompson.
Yarrawonga : Xavier Leslie, Lachlan Howe, Harrison Wheeler, Mark Whiley, Beau Seymour, Jake Wild.
Reserves showed signs
Yarrawonga showed positive signs in the first quarter with Bronson Schofield and Chris Wilson busy early only to find themselves down by a goal at the first break.
Albury however came out more determined in the next two quarters outscoring the Pigeons 5 goals to 1. The margin may well have been greater if not for Damon Symes’ superiority in marking contests.
In the last quarter, Ross Mulquiney, Cam Tregenza and Marcus Hargreaves all worked hard to get the Pigeons back in the game but they fell short by 28 points.
But Yarrawonga will be better for the run, with several players having just exchanged their cricket gear to football attire.
Albury 3.3, 6.6, 8.9, 8.12 (60)
Yarrawonga 2.3, 2.3, 3.7, 4.8 (32)
GOALS, Albury : Jackson Carmody 3, Zachary Bye 2, William McIntosh 1, Fraser Duryea 1, Robert Bull 1.
Yarrawonga : Cameron Tregenza 1, Joseph Gorman 1, Marcus Hargreaves 1, Jake MaConachie 1.
BEST, Albury : William McIntosh, Jackson Carmody, Mitchell Anderson, Robert Bull, Alex Rowe, Jack Killalea.
Yarrawonga : Damon Symes, Ross Mulquiney, Bronson Schofield , Christopher Wilson, Cameron Tregenza, Marcus Hargreaves.
Thirds’ slow start costly
In a round 1 match against a yardstick of the 3rd XVIII competition the young Pigeons fell short by three goals, after being down by 5 goals at quarter time.
The first quarter deficit would have been more but for some solid defence from Harry Meade and competing work from Alex Byrne.
The second and third quarters saw a side refocussed on the fundamentals and the match became a quality hit-out from the two U18 outfits. However, the slog to get back into match was heavy going and in the final arm wrestle in last minutes of the final quarter - after drawing within a kick - the young Pigeons were simply overrun, to go down by 20 points.
Albury 7.2, 9.4, 10.8, 14.9 (93)
Yarrawonga 2.0, 3.1, 9.3, 11.7 (73)
GOALS, Albury : Kolby Heiner-Hennessy 6, Kyle Cooper 3, Cooper Boyle 2, Samuel Herbert 2, Jay Hillary 1.
Yarrawonga : Austin Frauenfelder 2, Timothy Lawrence 2, Sam Mickelson 2, Ned Mullins 2, Jack Brooks 1, James Jordon 1, Alex Byrne 1.
BEST, Albury : Samuel Wotherspoon, Riley Tuckwell, Charlie Byrne, Jay Hillary, Cooper Boyle, Willson Mack.
Yarrawonga : Harrison Meade, Timothy Lawrence, James Jordon, Ned Mullins, William Woodburn, Sam Mickelson.
Starting the year off as the reigning premiers, where the girls came from third to secure the first premiership in this grade. How will the 2018 pan out, we have some new faces and a new coach, Di Sexton, bringing a wealth of knowledge to our future stars.
Starting off the game with a few nerves it was goal for goal finishing the first quarter even on 7 each.
The second quarter saw the Albury girls play slightly better giving them a 1 goal lead heading into the half time break.
A better third quarter saw Yarra take a 1 goal lead into the third quarter time break. The final quarter saw Yarra get a 3 goal lead and Albury just kept coming back.
To the credit of the young girls and the coaching of Di our future stars finished the game with a 2 goal win; YFNC 27 defeating ATC 25.
Best players Lily Sharp and Georgia Kennedy. Goals Georgia Lawless 5, Tess Byrne 4 and Georgia Kennedy 18
Under new coach Jenny Buerckner, the girls are aiming to go a step closer than third last year.
The first quarter saw some very tight play and Yarra hold a margin of 2 goals up at the break.
The second quarter saw the Yarra girls step up and get a little more serious giving them a 10 goal lead, 22 – 12.
After the main break the girls put their foot down and created a lot of turnovers, which were capitalized on. The half time lead was Yarra 34 to Albury 18.
With winners all over the court the C grade girls kept up their pressure and walked away with a good win, Yarra 46 to Albury 28.
Best players were Clare O’Sullivan and Kelsey Nunn (welcome back), goals Tayla Bogle 35 and Maddi Kennedy 11.
Finishing fifth (due to some injuries) in the finals race last year has given the girls a taste of wanting to be there late in September.
The girls started off the day with a blast, outscoring Albury by 6 goals (13-7) with Laura Davis dominating.
At quarter time Kait Cummins entered in the C position and created some great turnovers, which the goalers capitalized on.
At the half time break our girls had a nice 10 goal lead. Ellie Dickens has earnt herself a new role as GS. Albury improved slightly gaining a few intercepts and gaining some ground to have a deficit of 5 at one point.
With 5 minutes to go Yarra stepped up and increased their lead to 8 at the three quarter time break.
The final quarter some changes and Tilly Kennedy took C bib. Yarra excelled with a superior fitness all-round the court and extended their lead to 16 at the end of the game Yarra 47 to Albury 31. Best players Laura Davis and Tilly Kennedy. Goals Ellie Dickens 34 Lauren Mulquiney 13.
Reigning Premiers for 2018! This team has the makings of legend status. With four girls from last year’s premiership not playing the team is very much new look.
Indi Frauenfelder, scoring the first 3 goals of the game, and Laura Zanin stepping up from U16s premiership side, the future for our club looks good.
A big welcome back to Steph Tyrell who makes it look easy when she plays in her favoured position of GA.
The girls were always wary of Albury’s unknown factor, but they never showed it taking a 5 goal lead, Yarra 16 – Albury 11, into quarter time and extending it at half time to 10, Yarra 29 – Albury 19.
Albury came back in the third quarter to be down by 9, Yarra 39 - Albury 30. Our girls had done enough and maintained that lead to finish the game Yarra 48 – Albury 39.
The third quarter saw all three Tyrell sisters take the court with very proud parents.
Best were Kylie Leslie and Steph Tyrell. Goals Indi Frauenfelder 22, Steph Tyrell 21 and Ange Tyrell 5.