Bunny came but no eggs

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

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.

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