Youngest Pi­geons con­tinue win­ning run

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies -

Com­ing off a con­fi­dence-boost­ing win against the Raiders, the young Pi­geons were primed ready to take on an­other top four side in the Wodonga Bull­dogs at JC Lowe Oval on Sun­day.

The boys trained the house down dur­ing the week and brought their ‘A’ game ready to play.

From the first siren the boys com­peted hard all over the ground, dom­i­nat­ing in the air and at ground level win­ning the con­tested ball.

Fierce tack­ling pres­sure by small for­wards Ja­cob Prestage and Darcy Hicks cre­ated scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, which the boys cap­i­talised on head­ing into the first break.

Yar­ra­wonga’s re­lent­less at­tack on the foot­ball led by the mid­field group of Mac Pen­der­gast, Mitch Lough­nan, Xavier Walker and Harry Barker con­tin­ued.

They won con­test af­ter con­test re­sult­ing in more scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the hard work­ing for­wards and Jet Peters and Hunter Frauen­felder took full ad­van­tage, ex­tend­ing the lead at half time.

A reshuf­fle of the team at half time didn’t af­fect the mind­set of the group as the jug­ger­naut con­tin­ued to roll on - the team play­ing with ar­ro­gance and at times toy­ing with the op­po­si­tion.

Play­ing free-flow­ing, first-op­tion foot­ball, the boys showed off their skills to the delight of the large crowd.

Darby Pen­der­gast pinched a great crumb­ing goal rov­ing the pack and snap­ping truly.

The last quar­ter pro­duced more of the same. Hard run­ning and tack­ling high­lighted the team’s in­tent to bring down an­other big scalp and con­tinue their win­ning run.

The high­light of the day was the ef­fort of the deep de­fend­ers who with­stood a bar­rage of at­tack from the Bull­dogs early in the last quar­ter.

Noah Clarke’s bone jar­ring tackle and the out­stretched arm of a des­per­ate Fraser Cum­mins as he dived on the goal line pre­vented the Bull­dogs from reg­is­ter­ing their first goal of the game.

From that ef­fort the boys lifted again, took con­trol and ran away with a much de­served win.

Yar­ra­wonga 6-8-48 de­feated Wodonga Bull­dogs 0-1-1

Goals: Hunter Fraun­felder, Cal­lum DeOleveira, Jet Peters, Mac Pen­der­gast, Darby Pen­der­gast, Nathan Weir.

Awards: Mac Pen­der­gast, Xavier Walker, Harry Barker, Darcy Hicks, Lachie Bosch.

Mitch Lough­nan gets the hand­ball away in the un­der 12s.

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