Rennie scored their fourth victory for the season defeating Berrigan by 33 points in front of a large crowd at Rennie.
This was an entertaining game to watch with both sides positive intent clearly showing. A five goal to two first term saw the Hoppers grab early ascendancy as Strawhorn with 2 goals, Fountain at the unusual position of full back starring and Dave O’Dwyer winning the centre taps set up the match. Term 2 saw the Hoppers keep their opponent goalless whilst kicking 4 of their own with Willett marking dominantly at half forward, Runnalls using his footy nous to create space and the favourite pom Westwood looking like a bloke with 300 games behind him and McBurnie in his first senior game for Rennie showing speed and class. Hoppers by 39.
The Saints had a red hot go in term 3 and quickly brought the difference to 3 goals, but a bit like Billy Ocean, Bigger made the tough get going and grabbed a couple of vital clearances for the Hoppers to go into the final term 31 in front.
Last term was a shootout with both teams kicking 5 goals as Rennie big 3 forwards ended with 13 goals between them Strawhorn 6, Willett 4 and O’Dwyer 3.
Player incentives went to Runnalls, Westwood and Joel O’Dwyer.
Hoppers are sitting 8th , with this year the comp having a final 8, being 2 games plus % clear of 9th.
Rennie 1.2 8 def by Berrigan 10.11 71
The Magoos were a great game to watch as Rennie although defeated by 63 points kept a high standard of footy against a quality opponent. Haydos continues to dominate at half back and the Rennie on ball brigade of AJ, Nishy and Nicholas won plenty of pill in the middle and around the ground.
Great to see Jezza Dickens back and not missing a beat. Thoughts with Nick Soutter who took a big hit late. Hoppers need to win 2 of the next three.
Awards: Cellarbrations - Hayden Kennedy, Hicks Butchery - Luke Nicholas, Yarrawonga Hotel - Jeremy Dickens, Club Mulwala - AJ Southern, Lake Mulwala Bakery - Adam Nish.
Goal: J Hassel 1.
Best: K Page, J Dickins, A Dishot, H Kennedy, J Hassel and N Soutter.
Rennie 10.12 72 def Berrigan 1.1 7
The three’s were solid all game and won by 65 points. The difference between the teams was the hoppers had targets in Tom Kennedy with 5 goals and Lovel 2 which made the work of McInness and Levesque get the ultimate result. Around ground the hoppers were very even with Bott and Parmenter doing well supported by Marshall and McLennan. Hopper sit second on the ladder.
Goals: Alex Lovel 2, Tom Kennedy 5, Jack Kennedy 1, Jack Forge 1, Brody Benjamin 1.
Best: Josh McInness, Hugh Levesque, Alex Lovel, Tom Kennedy, James Shaw, Will Bott.
Awards: Murray Valley Rural Supplies - Josh McInness, Wingates Intersport - Hugh Levesque, Bi Rite Yarrawonga - Tom Kennedy, Redback Waste - James Shaw, Bull Plain Farms - Angus Parmenter, Hall/Arnold Family - Will Bott.
Rennie 15.11 101 def Berrigan 0.1 1
Even effort by the fourths with a 100 point victory. The win was highlighted by having 10 different goalkickers with multiples to Parmenter and Loch Forge with 3 and Brogan with 2. The mosquito fleet of Kennedy, McInness and Forge set the game up with DeOliveira and Elliott showing great leadership and O’Bryan playing well. Sitting second the Hoppers need to keep winning as they double up against 4 of the top 6.
Goals: J James 1, J Brogan 2, H Nagle 1, B Kennedy 1, L Forge 3, J Parmenter 3, M O’Bryan 1, B Burrows 1, D McInness 1, C DeOleveira
Best: B.Kennedy, D.McInness, L.Forge, O.Elliott, H.Nagle, M.OBryan
Awards: I & P Ferguson - Ben Kennedy, Kennedy Builders - Dom McInness, STF Engineering - Oscar Elliott, Murray River Electrical - Harry Nagle, Belmores Accounting - Loch Forge, Lake Mulwala Bakery - Callum DeOliveira, Yarrawonga Auto Elec - Max O’Bryan.
Huge entertainment from the fifths who get in, have fun, kick a few snags, and enjoy their mates. Awards to Lachie Conway, Daniel Brown, Cam Stephens and Charlie Rae.
Thanks to the Berrigan supporters for a great crowd and great day.
This week Rennie go to Blighty, playing them in an official game for the first time since Rennie defeated them in the first semi by 23 points, on August 10 1968. Interesting to note the Hopper best players that day included Jim Sandral, Gavin Nagle and Ian Rhodes.