Magpies swoop on points
The Yarrawonga Pigeons were on the losing side in their game against the Wang Magpies last Saturday.
The Magpies held sway at the finish being 24 points in front at the final siren.
On a day suited to a great contest, the Pigeons were slow to start being down five goals to two at quarter time.
The second saw the scores tighten up being only two goals down at half time.
In the first half the Magpies had a very open forward half compared to the Pigeons forward line which was very crowded and had a hard time scoring.
The Pigeons had plenty of willing workers who gained much of the ball.
On the other side, Wang ran the ball from defence into an open forward line where they had Newton at full forward and Dent across half forward, with both getting plenty of opportunities. These two kicked twelve goals between them out of a team total of sixteen.
Lachlan Howe, Xavier Leslie, Harry Wheeler and Tyler Bonat worked tirelessly on ball with Brad O’Connor and Brandon Symes Pigeon’s best up forward.
The third quarter was the Pigeons best with a full-on approach for the ball by all players.
Connor Hargreaves copped a big hit in the rib area which resulted in him leaving the ground in considerable pain.
The Pigeons were able to work at a rate needed to get positive results which saw the blue and white 18 points in front.
The Pies were able to kick goals in the next few minutes as the Pigeons dropped intensity and gave away undisciplined free kicks which enabled the Pies to close within 5 points at the final break.
The last quarter saw the Magpies go on with the job and record a 4-goal victory.
The Pigeons were very good for periods but against the very good teams only a full on 100 minute effort will give you maximum points in the contest. SENIOR SCORES Wangaratta Yarrawonga 5.2, 2.0, 9.3, 7.3, 11.6, 12.5, Goals: Yarrawonga:B. Symes 4, B. O’Connor 3, B. Schofield 1, B. Coburn 1, L. Howe 1, J. Koopman 1, T. Bonat 1.
Wangaratta: M. Newton 7, F. Dent 5, D. Sharrock 1, M. Grossman 1, J. Smith 1, M. Kelly 1. Best: Yarrawonga: L. Howe, J. Daniel, H. Wheeler, X. Leslie, M. Whiley, T. Bonat. Wangaratta: M. Newton, J. Anderson, F. Dent, B. Douthie, M. Anderson, M. Grossman
The players mentioned earlier along with Mark Whiley, Travis Hargreaves and Jordan Urquhart tried hard for the Pigeons.
This Saturday Xavier Leslie plays game 265 to equal the games record of the great Pascoe Ellis. Let’s hope all goes well against the Wangaratta Rovers and the following week against Myrtleford so the Pigeons can celebrate at home at the J.C.Lowe oval.
Chronicle award: 5- L.Howe, 4-X.Leslie, 3-H. Wheeler, 2-B.Symes, 1-T.Bonat.
Yarrawonga Hotel Award: Jordan Daniel. Reserves
Yarrawonga’s second 18 had a character building game on Saturday against the Wangaratta Magpies.
The Magpies started the game quickly winning the contested ball and showing plenty of run. Displaying very good foot skills, they were spreading the Pigeons defence and finding avenues to goal.
The second quarter saw a better start from the Pigeons when they were able to register their first goal.
This seemed to be the catalyst for the Magpies to again get on top and go into the halftime break with a commanding lead.
Cameron Tregenza had a good first half and was winning a lot of the ball.
The halftime message asked the players to 16.7 12.7 (103) (79) show more respect to their opponents by making sure that they were not allowing them to run without pressure.
Some positional changes were made in hope of finding some avenues to goal for the Pigeon team.
Mitch Collins-Bye rose to the occasion making sure that if he didn’t win the clearance, the Magpies wouldn’t win it either.
Chris Wilson was put into the middle to give an extra bit of speed to the midfield, Matthew Dwyer was put behind the football to provide leadership and Matthew Casey, who kicked 6 second half goals, was moved to a deep forward position.
The last quarter was a tight well-played game of football.
When the time came for someone to stand tall, Marcus Hargreaves and James Elliott answered. James took a match saving mark on the goal line with minutes to spare.
Marcus Hargreaves proved his class by slotting a difficult goal after the siren to draw the game.
The entire team should be very proud of the way they “knuckled down” with a never give in attitude.
Yarrawonga Hotel Award: Marcus Hargreaves.
Yarrawonga 10.3.63 drew with Wangaratta 9.9.63.
Goal Kickers: M. Casey 6, L. Congram, M. Collins Bye, D. Symes, M. Hargreaves. Best Players: M. Casey, D. Symes, M. Hargreaves, C. Wilson, M. Collins Bye, J. Vodusek.
On a sunbathed Wangaratta showgrounds, the thirds compiled their best body of work for 2018 so far.
In a quality match the young Pigeons started well but some costly fundamental errors in the second quarter saw them well behind on the scoreboard at the main break.
The third was a genuine arm wrestle and with little in it and tensions rising the last quarter was set to challenge all.
In a quarter of great pressure and desperate forward play the Pigeons ran out winners by 15 points.
Across the forward half Tim Lawrence was at his best with 4 quality majors.
His partner on the flank, Ned Mullins, was dynamic in the only way he knows how, straight ahead and head down leading from the front.
Through the mid zone the load was shared with Woodburn, Sexton and McMillan all getting quality numbers and providing good drive.
Across half-back Harry Meade was again one of the side’s best and in the small defender role Tylar Hemphill was excellent.
Awards: Yarrawonga Hotel Award - Ned Mullins, Wingates Intersport Award - Tim Lawrence, Balance Spin Studio Award - Tyler Hemphill, Yarrawonga Fish and Chips - Harry Meade.
Yarrawonga 13.7.85 defeated Wangaratta 10.10.70.
Goal Kickers: T. Lawrence 4, A. Frauenfelder 3, J. Brooks, S. Willett, I. McMillan, S. Mickelson, J. Sexton, M. Evans. Best Players: N. Mullins, H. Meade, J. Sexton, T. Lawrence, A. Frauenfelder, T. Hemphill.