Pi­geons ruin Hoppers day

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

Yar­ra­wonga trav­elled to Bun­ton Park in North Al­bury and then pro­ceeded to ruin favourite son Dan Les­lie’s day by ini­tial­iz­ing a ten goal win.

Les­lie was play­ing game 290 pass­ing leg­end Stan Sargeant’s record num­ber of games for the Hoppers – not to be out­done Les­lie played a se­ducible game for his team , kick­ing a goal and left the crowd cheer­ing when he took a screamer in the last quar­ter. A ca­reer well played.

The Pi­geons had to over­come the dis­ap­point­ment of last week’s game against Al­bury when af­ter lead­ing by a good mar­gin, the Tigers got over the Pi­geons with eight min­utes to play. The Pi­geons had lead all day so ques­tions about con­cen­tra­tion and fitness were be­ing queried.

Cap­tain Tyler Bonet would have none of this, car­ry­ing more ban­dages than the lo­cal chemist shop, he pro­ceeded to play an out­stand­ing game win­ning pos­ses­sions and bring-


Yar­ra­wonga 4.2, 9.7, 13.9, 17.14 (116) North Al­bury 1.1, 4.3, 7.6, 8.7 (55) GOALS: Yar­ra­wonga: Nick Law­less 3, Bradley O’Con­nor 3, Mark Whi­ley 2, Bran­don Symes 2, Jake Wild 2, Harrison Wheeler 1, Tyler Bonat 1, Jess Koop­man 1, Travis Har­g­reaves 1, Brady Pritchard 1 North Al­bury: Clay Moscher-Thomas 2, Lauch­lan Tay­lor Nu­gent 2, Christo­pher Sch­midt 1, Daniel Les­lie 1, Wil­liam McGrath 1, Rory Feltwell 1. BEST: Yar­ra­wonga: Harrison Wheeler, Ryan Bruce, Mark Whi­ley, Tyler Bonat, Beau Sey­mour, Bron­son Schofield. North Al­bury: Dy­lan Hartin, Mitchell Ma­hady, Daniel Les­lie, Rory Feltwell, Justin Bishop, Joel Rober­son. ing other play­ers into the game. A great leader’s per­for­mance.

Young­ster Dy­lan Bruce is rapidly de­vel­op­ing into a player of great abil­ity, to find and use the foot­ball, for one so young. These two along with last year’s best and fairest Mark Whi­ley, Sey­mour and re­cruit Harry Wheeler all won over 30 pos­ses­sions each – very handy mid­field.

Lochy Howe had ruck dom­i­nance with help from Jake Wild, who played back and also con­trib­uted with two goals in a fine all round dis­play.

Brady Pritchard, Jordy Daniels, Jay­den Gal­lagher, Beau Sey­mour, Con­nor and Travis Har­g­reaves and Bron­son Schofield per­formed su­perbly down back.

Nick Law­less, Brad O’Çon­nor, Bran­don Symes in the for­ward line con­tinue to learn how to play as key for­wards to­gether. Jess Koop­man didn’t have the ‘bark’ he had last week and Jor­don Urquhart played very well, con­tin­u­ing to look more com­fort­able at se­nior level.

Coach Damien Sex­ton is work­ing hard to get the boys to play his way, with re­sults start­ing to show. The for­wards are go­ing to con­tinue to hear about chas­ing, talk­ing, pres­sur­ing, not let­ting de­fend­ers take easy marks and con­vert­ing when given the op­por­tu­nity.

This week at the Grove oval we host the Wodonga Bull­dogs and an­tic­i­pate an­other tough day at the of­fice. Come along and have an en­joy­able day watch­ing the Pi­geon foot­ballers and net­ballers at work!

Chron­i­cle award: Ver­sus Nth Al­bury

5. Tyler Bonet 4. Ryan Bruce 3. Harry Wheeler 2 Mark Why­ley 1. Loch Howe.

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