Hoppers lose a close one
Rennie were outstayed in the last term and went down by 5 points at Katunga.
The Hoppers were strong early, kicking into a 3 goal breeze, with Jack Robinson dominating in defence, Collins-Bye winning at half back and Sam Ferguson grabbing 2 early goals.
Katunga kicked 2 late goals but Rennie had a 4 point break.
The second term was a slog with only 1 goal scored and the game was played between the arcs with both defences doing well matched by indifferent ball movement into the forward line.
Bigger was winning around the ground and Davis was carving up on his wing - Rennie by 12 at half time.
Term 3 saw Wilson make his presence felt in the middle, Fountain provided great leadership and drive and Owen Conway in his senior debut made an impact.
Rennie by 5 at the final break but the breeze had gone away.
The Swans kicked early last quarter goals to take the game by the scruff, but Rennie persisted and kept coming however in the end the better team overall on the day grabbed victory.
Sam Ferguson kicked 4 and Strawhorn 3 for the Hoppers.
Awards: Jack Robinson, Sam Ferguson and Lach Davis
A poor second term let the Hoppers down and they lost by 20 points.
A half backline of Dickins and Jack Mac held the team together, with the flea Fitzpatrick and Pearn providing the on-ball class and ball movement.
Rennie sit third on the ladder in a competition which has 6 teams pushing for finals places.
Awards: Bi Rite Electrical - Jeremy Dickins, Yarrawonga Hotel - Corey Pearn, ClubMulwala - Jackson McErvale-Busch, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort - Ben Fitzpatrick, Cellarbrations Yarrawonga - Dustin Sugden.
Super effort by the thirds who, with a de- pleted side, had led until early in the final term to comeback and go down by 2 points.
Owen Conway was the star kicking 3 goals as well as being a ball magnet around ground. Parky continued his rich vein of form and Sammy Marshall was solid and reliable.
Rennie sit equal second with a 2 game break and healthy percentage gap over fourth.
Awards: Murray Valley Rural Supplies - Owen Conway, Intersport Wingates - Alex Park, AXT Plumbing - Hugh Fisher, Redback Waste - Joel O’Dwyer, Arnold Hall Family - Tom Hicks, Judds Yarrawonga - Sam Marshall.
The fourths had their first loss of the season going down by 5 points.
It was a good reality check which showed that if your concentration slips your opponent will make you pay and this happened in term 2.
Katunga were able to kick 4 of their five goals and open up a lead which the Hoppers could not peg back. Tom Kennedy kicked 2 goals for the Hoppers.
Rennie sit second on percentage after playing everyone in a competition where 4 teams have cleared out from the rest.
Awards: I & P Ferguson - Ben Coghill, Kennedy Builders - James Shaw, STF Engineering - Tom Kennedy, Murray Valley Electrical - Oscar Elliott, Belmores Accounting - Harry Hogan, Rennie Catering Committee - Cooper Lonergan, Lake Mulwala Bakery - Xavier Watson.
Rennie are off to Shepp East this week then back to the Yarrawonga Hotel for awards.