Pigeons ruin Hoppers day

April 11, 2018

Yarrawonga travelled to Bunton Park in North Albury and then proceeded to ruin favourite son Dan Leslie’s day by initializing a ten goal win.   

Leslie was playing game 290 passing legend Stan Sargeant’s record number of games for the Hoppers – not to be outdone Leslie played a seducible game for his team , kicking a goal and left the crowd cheering when he took a screamer in the last quarter.  A career well played.
The Pigeons had to overcome the disappointment of last week’s game against Albury when after leading by a good margin, the Tigers got over the Pigeons with eight minutes to play.  The Pigeons had lead all day so questions about concentration and fitness were being queried.
Captain Tyler Bonet would have none of this, carrying more bandages than the local chemist shop, he proceeded to play an outstanding game winning possessions and bringing other players into the game.  A great leader’s performance.  
Youngster Dylan Bruce is rapidly developing into a player of great ability, to find and use the football, for one so young.  These two along with last year’s best and fairest Mark Whiley, Seymour and recruit Harry Wheeler all won over 30 possessions each – very handy midfield.
Lochy Howe had ruck dominance with help from Jake Wild, who played back and also contributed with two goals in a fine all round display.
Brady Pritchard, Jordy Daniels, Jayden Gallagher, Beau Seymour, Connor and Travis Hargreaves and Bronson Schofield performed superbly down back.
Nick Lawless, Brad O’Çonnor, Brandon Symes in the forward line continue to learn how to play as key forwards together.  Jess Koopman didn’t have the ‘bark’ he had last week and Jordon Urquhart played very well, continuing to look more comfortable at senior level.
Coach Damien Sexton is working hard to get the boys to play his way, with results starting to show.  The forwards are going to continue to hear about chasing, talking, pressuring, not letting defenders take easy marks and converting when given the opportunity.
This week at the Grove oval we host the Wodonga Bulldogs and anticipate another tough day at the office.  Come along and have an enjoyable day watching the Pigeon footballers and netballers at work!
Chronicle award: Versus Nth Albury
5. Tyler Bonet 4. Ryan Bruce 3. Harry Wheeler  2 Mark Whyley 1. Loch Howe.

We’re Going Back Again to Yarrawonga

This Saturday at the Yarrawonga Football Clubrooms at 1pm the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club will give the story behind the history of the Clubs theme song and its links to the Australian folklore and the part it played in the two world wars.

Club Historian Peter Brear has done a thorough investigation of all areas of its beginnings, song author and others to have sung it.  The Yarrawonga version of this song in 1989, a premiership year all of 30 years ago and not it has even more significance with more football and netball, both senior and junior’s singing it every week without knowing its background.
Some may have heard of Cpt Neil McBeath ‘Slim Dusty’, Mark Stevens or ‘Lazy Harry’ others may not have.  There are video clips, and an interesting clip of RAAF’s 30 squadron during WW2 out of a documentary ‘Beaufighter Whispering Death’’.  Interviews with producers have proved invaluable information for the end result and the clips can be found on YouTube, and the history also goes back to Gallipoli after the Anzac troops returned to Egypt.  The 3rd Division formed in Feb, March and June; Gen John Monash is appointed commander and included soldiers from 37th Seymour, 38th Bendigo and 39th Ballarat (3rd Div’s, 10th Brigade and 4 Batallions) mainly Victorian Soldiers, with 40th Tasmanian origin.  Much more about how and where it was sung, “Old Mahonga’ the legend high jump horse, the station, the horse living on the Mahong Station in Urana Shire, The Rand township team called the ‘Pigeons’,  ‘Mad Dog Morgan’ also features.  
This story or history runs across a lot of places, names, which some can relate to and others that will make you more inquisitive to find out more information.
1pm at the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club this coming Saturday 14th April, 2018 – we anticipate this to take 30-40 minutes so don’t be late.


Yarra were taking on the team that they beat in last year’s Grand Final so this game was always going to be a hard fought contest.
Yarra had first use of the ball and scored via Georgia Lawless. Both sides settled quickly and it was goal for goal. The Georgia’s (Lawless and Kennedy) were combining well. With good drive down the court the girls got a quarter time break to be 3 up, with Suzie Levesque winning around the centre.
The second quarter saw the Hoppers start off well with the first 3 goals, but that didn’t stop the young pigeons with winners everywhere, saw the girls up by 5 at half time.
Once again the Hoppers came out firing and scored the first 4 goals, our girls fought back and took a 2 goal lead into three quarter time. This wasn’t a good quarter for us, Stella Mulquiney went off after rolling her ankle, this saw Suzie Levesque come back on.
The last quarter was always going to be hard, North Albury were relentless with coming at the young Pigeons, unfortunately our girls went down by 1.
Very proud of the fight these young girls have. Best Players Georgia Lawless & Ellie Robilliard Goals Georgia Lawless 18 and Georgia Kennedy 18.

C Grade
After last week’s game against Albury, it was going to be a test for the intensity levels against the experienced Hoppers.
With the girls starting the game quickly and efficiently they ended the first quarter with a 3 goal lead thanks Tayla Bogle and Maddie Kennedy.
The temperature was increasing and the fitness of the Yarra girls was showing through. The girls finished the first half with a 10 goal lead.
The third quarter saw the game a little bit more even and North gained some ground and cut the deficit to 7 at three quarter time.
The last quarter started with North gaining the upper hand and cutting the gap to 2 goals.
This kicked the Yarra girls into gear and they put their foot down and finished the game with a 9 goal win.
Best Player was Maddie Kennedy cleaning up on all awards, goals Tayla Bogle 31 Maddie Kennedy 14.

B Grade
This game was always going to be tough playing the reining premiers and watching the unfurling of their premiership flag.  
Yarra took a while to settle into the game, but by the 10 minute mark they were matching it with the Hoppers, this quarter ended with Yarra down by 2.
The second quarter saw the shooting percentage paying dividends for them and ended with Hoppers having a 6 goal lead.
The third quarter was all about North and they increased their lead to be up by 11.
The last quarter was all about Yarra’s comeback, with winners all over the court the girls outscored the Hoppers by 5 going down by 6 at the final siren.
Best Players Kaitlin Cummins and Anna Grinter, goals Ellie Dickens 23, Maddie Kennedy 7 & Lauren Mulquinney 3
A Grade
North wanted to prove that they are a team to be a GF contender they came out with all guns blazing and had a point to prove to the perennial finalist of the last decade.
The accuracy of the Hoppers in the goal circle saw them go the quarter time break with a 3 goal lead.
Yarra stood up in the second quarter and saw them keep the score even for this quarter.
The third quarter saw the North goalers capitalize on any mistakes or missed shots to keep the Pigeons at bay finishing the quarter with a 4 goal lead.
The last quarter was a good old fashioned tussle until the last 5 minutes when North scored 3 goals in a row from rebounds and ended the game to be up by 6 goals.
Best players Malory Nankervis & Ange Tyrell, goals Ange Tyrell 30 & Indi Frauenfelder 14

Next week we are at home and get to unfurl our own premiership flags for A grade and U16’s from last year.

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