AFL NEB Womens Football - Big win for the ladies

June 06, 2018

The Yarrawonga Women Pigeons had another successful day at JC Lowe Oval hosting the Alpine Lions.

The girls are continuing to improve each week, applying skills learnt at training into their game, resulting in another great team victory. 

Chelsea Marks was strong all day out marking her opponents; her presence in the forward line must be causing headaches for the opposition with her also winning the intersport award.

Improving each week is star Jenna Knight, who continually puts her body on the line hitting packs hard, creating opportunities for the Pigeons to put numbers on the scoreboard - intersport award. 

Newcomer Ellie Dickens displayed why she is a strong asset to the team, we are looking forward to seeing more of her skills on show- intersport award.

Elusive Elise Freeman yet again was a consistent contributor, setting up many attacks into the forward line with her silky skills -Sun Runners award.

Big thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers who helped on the day; your support is greatly appreciated.

Yarrawonga 10. 1.  72 defeated Alpine Lions 0. 1. 1.

Goal Kickers – M. Giggins 3, C. Marks 2, A. Nunn 2, E, Freeman 2, T. Houghton. Best Players – R. Phibbs, M. Nankervis, C. Marks, M. Giggins, E. Freeman, G. Thomson.

Youth Girls 

Cool sunny conditions set the tone for game day with both teams taking the ground with 17 girls each (thanks to Alpine for loaning Pigeons some players).  

The first bounce from the umpire saw both teams attack the ball hard and fast, leaving no room for a clear escape of the ball.  

Alpine Lions were very quick out of the middle and were able to capitalise with a few quick goals, this placing immense pressure for the Pigeon backline yet they never gave up.

Sarah stood tall under the heat and lead by example laying hard tackles on the opposition provided by support from her team mates.  

Quarter time saw the girls down by 36. 

Coach Rogers words were simple to the players -  simply take ownership of their game and their opponents, talk to each other and help each other out.  

Overall message asked the girls to play true Pigeon style and make an impact in the 2nd quarter.

The 2nd quarter saw a total different team with the girls answering the coaches demand with more determination and fire in the belly burning saw each player fight for each position. 

Alpine Lions weren’t making it easy for the Pigeons, making them work for everything.  

Darcy worked tirelessly in the ruck, with additional support provided by Ella J who showed some classy moves.  

The girls started to play their style of footy with more movement towards their goal end.  

Rotation of positions saw Gabby move in the centre which provides immediate impact with clearing the ball out of the middle, with Evita and Darcy standing tall in the backline.  

With the sound of the siren for half time, the noise of the crowd made the Pigeons realise they had a game on their hands.  

The backline were working overtime to stop the Alpine charge, with additional support provided by the midfield. 

Half time saw the Alpine Lions with a handy lead, coaches words at the break asked the girls to continue the display of aggression at the ball and keep taking ownership of the game, follow the leadership from Tayla, Sarah and Ella – stand tall, take the game head on and give it everything you have.  

With this, and the enormous noise from the crowd the girls took to the oval for the second half with more grit and determination inspired by Coach Rogers.

Changes saw Evita make the move to ruck for extra height and straight away she made a huge impact tapping the ball out to team mate Ella who used her speed and big kick to move it into the Pigeon forward line with a few attempts at goal however unable to convert to the scoreboard.  

With rotations continuing throughout the second half each player got involved and limited Alpine Lions opportunity of scoring for goal.  

The intensity continued through hard work from Ella who worked tirelessly throughout the midfield, following on by Tayla in the forward line fighting for each piece of play.  

Pigeon powerhouses Zali and Juliette were instrumental in the mid field/centre in their attacking of the ball and youngsters Ellie and Emily showed their true courage in creating turnovers of the ball in crucial time of the game.   

The backline was a dominating force with Sarah laying numerous tackles with back up Gabby, Darcy and Emily working together as a unit to hold Alpine off from scoring.

With only minutes left in the game, the Pigeons were determined to get a score on the board through sheer determination and cheers from the crowd.

With relentless hard work from team mate Elly down forward, the opportunity came when inspiring forward Ruby Kennedy kicked a Pigeon goal and the crowd went wild.  

The intensity continued through in the last quarter with all girls working hard making their coach extremely proud. 

Coach Roger’s after game talk was short yet inspiring to the players.

Huge lesson from the game was being a self starter right from the first bounce. 

The girls were in good spirits after the coach’s speech, as Mascot Clancy Kennedy was on hand to help hand out the awards: Souleiado – Evita,  Wingates- Tayla, BrewIt – Sarah, Incentive Award – Emily. 

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