Pies swoop on Pi­geons

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The Yar­ra­wonga Pi­geons picked the big­gest stage to pro­duce their worst per­for­mance of the sea­son, beaten com­pre­hen­sively by 76 points at the hands of a ram­pag­ing Wan­garatta Mag­pies. The Pies started off the game with fierce ag­gres­sion and at­tack on the foot­ball as they nailed 4 early goals.

How­ever the Pi­geons fought back strongly in the late stage of the first quar­ter, with goals to Drew Barnes and Bron­son Schofield see­ing the Pi­geons only trail by 13 points at quar­ter time.

The sec­ond term was the Pi­geons’ best, in­creas­ing their in­ten­sity around the con­test and a higher work rate.

But the mar­gin could not be re­duced as the Pies held a com­fort­able two goal lead at the main break.

The sec­ond half was com­pletely dom­i­nated by the Wan­garatta Mag­pies, as they ran all over the Pi­geons on every line of the field.

While the Pi­geon de­fence bat­tled hard, sheer weight of con­sis­tent re­peat at­tacks made the de­fend­ers’ task a tough one.

Mag­pie for­wards slammed on 7 goals in the fi­nal term to rub de­feat di­rectly into the Pi­geon gap­ing wounds.

The Pi­geons had good play­ers in Drew Barnes, Bron­son Schofield, Tyler Bonat, Lo­gan Morey and Jor­dan Daniel but in big games you need all play­ers buy­ing in to­gether and the Pi­geons had too many play­ers not per­form­ing at a good enough level. The match com­mit­tee will no doubt look hard at the game tape, size up the op­po­si­tion and put a side out to give the Pi­geons the best chance of win­ning the game and ad­vanc­ing into the finals an­other week.

There is plenty of foot­ball still to be played and this is when every­one wants to be play­ing and win­ning.

This is what con­fronts the Pi­geons as they have the be­lief that an­other week will pro­duce a vastly im­proved per­for­mance.

This week the Pi­geons will face a de­ter­mined Lav­ing­ton Pan­thers in a do or die game at the John Fo­ord Oval, Corowa on Sun­day. * Votes for the Chron­i­cle Award will con­tinue through­out the finals series how­ever they will not be pub­lished, with the win­ner to be an­nounced on pre­sen­ta­tion night on September 29.


On a slightly over­cast day, the Pi­geons de­feated Al­bury by 22 points and will now face Wodonga Raiders for a spot in the grand fi­nal.

It wasn’t all smooth sail­ing for the Pi­geons, as in­ac­cu­rate goal kick­ing meant Al­bury would take an early lead at quar­ter time.

How­ever the Pi­geons slowly but surely started to get on top of the Al­bury out­fit, with the mid­field bri­gade in Doug Arnold, Travis Har­g­reaves and Ri­ley Welsh win­ning the clear­ances and surg­ing the ball for­ward.

Matt Grin­ter was again pro­lific up for­ward for the Pi­geons, kick­ing 4 goals to again be a dom­i­nant per­former.

Livewire for­ward Jar­ryd Whin­ray was on fire in the first half be­fore go­ing down with a knee in­jury. The club wishes Jar­ryd all the best and hope the news isn’t as bad as first thought.

Jor­dan Urquhart and David O’Dwyer were again solid through­out the whole game as they con­tinue to con­sis­tently play their role each week for the team.

Coach Richard Han­dreck was very happy with the win and men­tioned de­fend­ers James El­liot and Reid Clarke as great con­trib­u­tors to the victory.

A 5 goal to 2 sec­ond half set up the win for the Pi­geons as they will now turn their at­ten­tion to the sec­ond semi-fi­nal against Wodonga Raiders this week­end at Martin Park, Wodonga. Score: Yarra 7.9.51 Al­bury 4.5.29 Goals: Matt Grin­ter 4, Da­mon

Hem­phill, Jor­dan Urquhart, Tim Har­g­reaves 1 Best: James El­liot, Doug Arnold, Travis Har­g­reaves, Reid Clarke, Ri­ley Welsh, David O’Dwyer

Un­der 18s

In the first week of finals the un­der 18s trav­elled to Wan­garatta to play the Rovers on their home ground.

The Rovers were quicker out of the blocks get­ting the first two goals but Bai­ley Frauen­felder and Matt Casey got the side back into it with goals of their own to see the boys go into the first break three points down.

The sec­ond saw the Pi­geons come out fir­ing. Bai­ley Frauen­felder added an­other two goals to his to­tal while James Jor­don and Tim Lawrence also kicked straight.

Down back Kay­den Sharp, James Jor­don, Lachie Rouel and Lewis Tay­lor all had con­trol and re­peat­edly out­pointed their for­ward op­po­nents.

Yarra’s mid­field had also lifted with Joe Gor­man win­ning the ruck taps and Jake Ma- Conachie, Isaac McMil­lan and Matt Casey mak­ing the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties.

When James Jor­don and Matt Casey took their goal tal­lies to two, the boys had a handy 18-point lead.

The third was a com­plete turn­around. Wan­garatta Rovers came out full of run­ning and dom­i­nated the quar­ter.

Jake MaConachie and Isaac McMil­lan did their best to stem the flow but to no avail.

Bai­ley Frauen­felder’s goal late in the quar­ter saw the boys trail­ing by 7 points at the fi­nal break.

Re­peated in­ac­cu­racy in front of goal saw the boys fail to make the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties early, while the Rovers kicked two straight.

The signs how­ever were still good with the Pi­geons con­trol­ling most of the play.

Darcy Nor­man’s at­tack on the ball and abil­ity to run was a high­light of the last quar­ter and con­trib­uted to Ro­nan Pritchard snap­ping a goal, which was fol­lowed by Zac Smith’s mark and con­ver­sion. This took the boys to within 1 point.

With less than 90 sec­onds to go, up stepped Ned Mullins with a great mark on the bound­ary line 30 me­tres out.

Ned in his first game back from in­jury kicked truly to get the boys up by 5 points. Yar­ra­wonga 12.10.82 def Wan­garatta Rovers 12.5.77.

Doug Arnold un­der pres­sure in the re­serves.

Kay­den Sharp gets his kick away.

James El­liott looks for an op­tion.

Jar­ryd Whin­ray per­formed well be­fore go­ing down with a knee in­jury.

James Jor­don was good for the un­der 18s.

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