YARRAWONGA JUNIOR FOOTBALL
Short on numbers and hurting after a disappointing = loss at home last weekend, the boys fronted up to take on the Bulldogs at Wodonga.
A more physical and effort related attitude made a difference as the boys went in hard and worked for each other gaining reward for effort.
Josh Spain and Jackson Meade were relentless in their attack on the football. Max Hemphill’s footy smarts particularly early in the game gave the boys drive from defence into attack.
Ned Pendergast worked tirelessly at half forward crunching packs and physically imposing himself on the game.
Jett Smith and Fletcher Walden were solid through the midfield.
Strong reflection on his game from the previous week, Jack Forge ran himself into the ground showing character and leadership to inspire his team mates.
Although beaten, the boys were far from disgraced showing that when effort is brought for the entire game they are more than capable of mixing it with the better teams in the competition. A continued focus on intensity at training will see the group get the win they deserve.
Special mention to Jobe Kennedy, Will Connell and Hugh Mullins who came up from the U14 to play their first games, all three acquitted themselves well.
Thanks to our team sponsors for the year: Todd Hemphill Transport, STF Engineering, Oasis Scaffolding & Brick Laying, Yarrawonga Paint Centre and Wingate Sports.
Goals: Ned Pendergast 4, Will Connell, Tanner Nyholm, Ben Woodburn 1
Awards: Jet Smith, Josh Spain, Jack Forge, Tully Woodward, Will Connell
The Yarrawonga Under 14’s continued their strong start to the season with a dominant 93 point victory over Wodonga at Martin Park on Sunday.
It was a game highlighted by a strong contribution from a range of talented and determined bottom age players.
Hunter Frauenfelder was dominant across the day. The dangerous forward was able to hit the scoreboard with 3 classy goals.
Darcy Hicks, who has performed well on the training track in recent weeks, kicked a great goals whilst Lochie Philips highlighted his flexibility playing well at half back and then up forward where he kicked two last quarter goals.
Xavier Walker continues to impress the coaches with his ability to win the ball and make good decisions whilst Geoffrey Montgomery performed solidly across the defence and through the midfield.
Team favourite Rudi Vodusek, playing his first game of the season, was a strong presence in the forward, only narrowly missing out on his first goal of the season in a goal umpiring decision that some would say required a ‘goal review’. Goal umpire Rod Vodusek had some explaining to do over the dinner table that evening !!!
Coach Chris Kennedy praised the teams leaders at the end of the game, the ability of the team to use teammates in better positions was highlighted by accurate kicking of 15 goals and 4 behinds.
The Pigeons will continue training this week with a focus on skills, fitness and fun before tacking the Wodonga Raiders at home on Sunday, April 29 at JC Lowe Oval from 10.30am.
Scores: Yarrawonga 15.4.94 defeated Wodonga 0.1.1
Goals: – Hunter Frauenfelder 3, Zac Fraser 3, Lachlan Phillips 2, Hunter Surrey 2, Darcy Hicks, Jyda House, Mitchell Loughnan, Caleb Mitchell, Jack Tout
Best: Zac Fraser, Jack Tout, Sam Hemphill, Charley McKenna, Hunter Frauenfelder, Caleb Mitchell.
Bathed in sunshine, Martin Park was the venue for Wodonga Maroon versus Yarrawonga Pigeons in the U12s round three clash.
An undefeated Wodonga were looking to continue on their winning ways while the pigeons were aiming to get their first win on the board after spirited performances in the opening two rounds.
Wodonga jumped out the box early, leaving Yarrawonga a little shell shocked in the opening term kicking the first 4 goals. Lochie Harvey continued on with his great early season form being involved in all the action with repeat efforts.
With pedigree on his side Ryder Stevens showed signs of big things to come, using footy smarts and courage.
Darby Pendergast was undeterred by Wodonga’s relentless pressure, dishing out his own physical assertion with some great bumps and courage running with the flight of the ball.
Returning to the side Jaxon Potter showed his importance with some silky ball skills and a willingness to work hard, while first year player Jordan Ibbott identified the commitment he has shown on the training track to put in a great competitive display.
Not willing to lay down Lachie Bosch showed real endeavour with a crunching tackle late in the game.
Unfortunately for the young Pigeons, Wodonga were a little too good on the day running out 44 pt victors.
The boys should hold their heads high after showing commitment and effort.
Scores: Wodonga 8.3.51 def Yarrawonga 1.1.7
Awards: M Bramich, J Potter, R Bone, D Pendergast.