Mag­pies swoop on points

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

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.

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