Hop­pers lose a close one

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies -

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

Re­serves

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.

Un­der 17s

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.

Un­der 14s

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.

Go Hop­pers.

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