Bunny came but no eggs
Yarrawonga started the first quarter and half of season 2018 in brilliant fashion against Albury but gave up a 46 point lead at one stage to go down by 22 points, 13.9.87 to 16.13.109.
Played at Lonsdale Reserve Mulwala on Easter Sunday in front of a big crowd, the Pigeons showed early that its new younger side will be competitive, racking up a 5 goal to 1 first quarter against O&M powerhouse Albury Tigers.
Captain Tyler Bonat , Mark Whiley and new recruit Harry Wheeler made the most of Lach Howe’s rucking taps and up forward Brad O’Connor was moving well.
Playing his 50th senior game, Jess Koopman and Seymour best and fairest recruit, Harry Wheeler, helped put last year’s runners-up on the back foot.
Yarrawonga’s dominance continued early in the second quarter with the difference blowing out to almost eight goals, with the electronic scoreboard on loan from J.C.Lowe Oval stating 9.3.57 to 1.5.11.
Brandon Symes was dominant up forward aided well by Xavier Leslie. Down back, Beau Seymour and Jake Wild kept the Albury forwards on their toes, repeatedly winning contests and allowing Yarrawonga to move the ball forward.
Albury however have not been the dominant force over the years for no reason. Their more experienced players in Mackie, O’Hara and Gaylard slowly got the side back into the contest.
With both sides booting four goals in the second quarter, the Pigeons went into the long break 22 points in front.
Albury added five goals to Yarrawonga’s two in the third quarter to trail by just five points at the last change.
Brandon Symes seemed to have steadied the ship with two goals early in the last quarter or the Pigeons to lead by 16 points, 10 minutes into the final quarter.
But again Albury came back. Yarrawonga in the end had no answer for the faster finishing Tigers who had delivered a 68-point turnaround from midway in the second quarter.
Albury’s experienced players were the difference according to Yarrawonga coach Damien Sexton.
“They know nothing else than what it means to win and how to win,” he said.
“I’m disappointed because our experienced blokes basically haven’t beaten Albury for five years and we really had an opportunity, but we gave it up.”
Albury 1.2, 5.6, 10.8, 16.13 (109) Yarrawonga 5.2, 9.4, 11.7, 13.9 (87)
GOALS, Albury : Charles Gaylard 5, Brayden O’Hara 4, Joel Mackie 4, Shaun Daly 2, William Blomeley 1.
Yarrawonga : Brandon Symes 4, Tyler Bonat 2, Bradley O’Connor 2, Nick Lawless 2, Mark Whiley 1, Xavier Leslie 1, Travis Hargreaves 1.
BEST, Albury : Charles Gaylard, Brayden O’Hara, Joel Mackie, Tristan Mann, James Grills, Michael Thompson.
Yarrawonga : Xavier Leslie, Lachlan Howe, Harrison Wheeler, Mark Whiley, Beau Seymour, Jake Wild.
Brandon Symes was a dominant figure up forward.
Travis Hargreaves boots the ball forward.
The talented Tyrell girls; Kylie, Ange and Steph.
Brad O’Connor marks in the forward line.