De­pleted Pi­geons win

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

Last week­end saw the Yar­ra­wonga youth girls footy take to the ground in a very de­pleted team against Mur­ray Fe­lines with both teams very de­ter­mined for the vic­tory on the day.

The first quar­ter saw Mur­ray Fe­lines score a few quick goals which put the back­line un­der im­mense pres­sure where Darcy Bar­ton bat­tled hard to stop the goals from scor­ing.

Quar­ter time saw Coach Rodger ask­ing the team for one thing, to give op­tions and run to the space as well as fur­ther en­cour­ag­ing the girls to take own­er­ship of their op­po­nents.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw the girls an­swer the coaches wishes in a fan­tas­tic dis­play of self­less­ness with Gabby lead­ing the way in show­ing her team­mates how it’s done.

The fi­nal minute of the sec­ond quar­ter saw the girls start their game with Elly de­liv­er­ing a few quick goals down for­ward with the help of Ruby tak­ing strong marks.

At half time the girls knew they had an­swered the coach’s chal­lenge by the smile on his face, how­ever the job was not yet done.

Coach Rodger asked the team to run the last half out hard and leave noth­ing be­hind.

The en­cour­age­ment and chal­lenge from the coach saw team-mates Zali and Tayla demon­strat­ing their fierce com­pet­i­tive­ness at­ti­tude for never giv­ing up through on­go­ing pos­ses­sion and cre­at­ing the space the girls needed to win the ball.

Fourth quar­ter saw the girls take con­trol of the game through Juli­ette’s fierce de­ter­mi­na­tion in clos­ing down her op­po­nents op­tions and fol­low­ing up on sec­ond op­tions.

With only 10 sec­onds left in the game the drills done at train­ing were put into place through the win­ning of the tap out at cen­tre bounce, which led by ex­cel­lent play in a last minute goal.

A huge thank you to Mur­ray Fe­lines for a com­pet­i­tive game and for lend­ing play­ers for the game.

Coach Rodger con­grat­u­lated the team on show­ing dis­ci­pline and heart in be­ing able to run the game out with min­i­mum num­bers.

A huge thanks to sup­port­ers for cheer­ing the girls on.

Awards: Ruby Kennedy, Gabby Mur­ray, Darcy Bar­ton, Tayla Samp­son, Juli­ette Pearce, Elly Ro­bil­liard and Zali Peters. Spe­cial note – The Un­der 16s Yar­ra­wonga Youth Girls are still look­ing for any­one in­ter­ested in play­ing.

Train­ing is Mon­day and Wed­nes­day nights at 6pm to7pm at the Grove.

Open Womens

Yar­ra­wonga 18.13.121 de­feated Mur­ray Fe­lines 2.2.14.

Fan­tas­tic game by the girls. The Pi­geons ro­tated po­si­tions all day putting ev­ery­one out of their com­fort zone.

Durn­ford, Knight and B Thompson stepped up and played for the other team be­ing the stars of the side. Nankervis and Gig­gins play­ing as al­ways a rip­ping game.

The run­ner was a leg­end.

Awards: Sun Run­ners: H Durn­ford, Vic­to­ria Ho­tel: J Knight, B.E Ware: J Butcher, MDMK: B Thompson.

16 and un­der

Mur­ray Fe­lines 16. 12 108 to Yar­ra­wonga 7.4 46.

Goals: Ro­bil­liard 3, Peace, Peters, Samp­son and D Wood­burn one each.

Best Play­ers: A sen­sa­tional team ef­fort. Keep up the good work girls.

On what can be only de­scribed as a mag­nif­i­cent Au­tumn day the Yar­ra­wonga 16 and un­der girls took on the Mur­ray Fe­lines.

With only 7 girls avail­able due to un­avail­abil­ity and in­jury of many of the team, the mag­nif­i­cent 7 set about the job at hand with a lit­tle help of a cou­ple of player from the Fe­lines which was much ap­pre­ci­ated.

The game started well with Elly Ro­bil­liard in the ruck, knock­ing it down to Gabby Mur­ray for the first cou­ple of clear­ances.

You could have been mis­taken and thought it was the Krak­ouer broth­ers for a minute.

The girls put on an early goal be­fore the Fe­lines kept get­ting the ball out the back to an un­manned player for repet­i­tive scores.

The girls put their heads to­gether and de­cided to man up and get the game back on their terms.

Once they did this they played their best foot­ball with Tayla Samp­son and Zali Peters con­tin­u­ally pump­ing the ball into the for­ward line.

Juli­ette Peace de­cided she would get on the end of some of this good work and bul­lock her way to a great goal.

In the third term the Fe­lines got a bit of a run on and Ruby Kennedy and Darcy Bar­ton were un­der siege. They were of­ten out­num­bered yet man­aged to stand tall and con­test each bat­tle like their life de­pended on it.

With four goals on the board at three quar­ter time the chal­lenge was put to the girls to kick an­other 3 in the last quar­ter.

This was a huge ask as the girls had cov­ered more ground than Burke and Wills in play­ing 8 a side footy. But they weren’t to be out­done.

With more moves than a tin of worms the girls shared the ball around and next thing you know Samp­son, Peters and Ro­bil­liard all put one through the cen­ter of the twin Ore­gon’s.

Chal­lenge ac­com­plished

Elly Ro­bil­liard tak­ing a con­tested mark.

Amy Nunn drop­ping the ball to her boot.

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