Hoppers rolled in season opener
Rennie have lost the season opening game by 90 points to Waaia.
After unfurling their 2017 premiership flag, the Hoppers had 7 players from last year’s victory take the field.
New players to the club Tempany, Nicholas and Lovel wore the green and white on a day which started with the visitors having a 5-goal breeze and they took advantage kicking 8 to take a 53-point lead.
As the breeze ticked over 60 km/h and the rain sleeted in conditions deteriorated rapidly as did the skill level.
A Tom Ryan goal saw the Hoppers down by 71 at the long break.
In appalling conditions in the second half both teams worked hard with Bigger, Ednie and Fountain showing their quality both with the ball and defensively Freeman and Tempany began accumulating possessions with Dykes stoic in the ruck.
Best players were Bigger, C Ednie and Fountain.
Player incentives went to Dykes, Tempany, Rae and Runnalls.
The twos saw an undermanned Hopper outfit go down comfortably.
Their effort was outstanding early, it was just an inability to get deep into the forward line to get any scoring pressure that took its toll.
Hayes and Wolfe repelled many attacks, McBurnie was like a ninja all over the ground and Page was solid in tough conditions. The Hoppers will be better for the run. Awards: Cellarbrations:- Jeremy Hayes, Hicks Butchery:- Leon Wolfe, Yarrawonga Hotel:- George McBurnie, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort:- Keegan Page.
The threes opened their season with a 51-point win in an entertaining match. SENIOR SCORES
The Hoppers were out of the blocks kicking 4 goals with the breeze as Tom Kennedy was a prime target up forward, Soutter was solid in defence and Hall was strong at half back.
The game tightened up in term 2 with both teams kicking a goal but Rennie was able to assert its ascendancy after the long break with 4 unanswered goals as McInness began to impose himself on ball and Donovan used his kicking skills impressively.
A strong start for the Hoppers who have next week off.
Tom Kennedy kicked 4 with Jack Kennedy and O’Dwyer kicking 3 each.
Awards: Murray Valley Rural Services:Tom Kennedy, Wingates:- Josh McInness, Bi Rite Electrical:- Angus Heslin, Hall/Arnold Family:- Jack Kennedy, Bull Plain Farms:Fletcher Donovan, Redback Waste:- Josh Soutter.
Great start by the Hoppers after unfurling their 2017 premiers flag with a 20-goal victory.
Coach Stephens was happy with the way his players worked together with handball to bring everyone into the game and the side kicked at least 3 goals in every term.
New players Hanley, Williams, Nagle, James, Clarke, Bennett, Coffey and Judd were welcomed to the club.
The forward line was led by Cooper Lonergan and Xav Watson who starred with 5 goals each supported by Bigger and Parmenter with 2 each.
Around ground Loch Forge was a livewire, Oscar Elliott was the team rock and Harry Nagle and Nate Williams impressed in their first outing.
Awards: I & P Ferguson:- Lochie Forge, Kennedy Builders:- Oscar Elliott, STF Engineering:- Xavier Watson, Murray River Electrical:- Nate Williams, Belmores Accounting:- Ben Kennedy, Rennie Catering Committee:- Harry Nagle, Lake Mulwala Bakery:- Dom Mcinness.
The under 11s had their first run and showed coach O’Bryan some real ability.
With a dozen kids playing the future of the Hoppers was on show for the 9am crowd.
Awards went to Hunter Lonergan, Charlie Rae and Ollie Watson.
Off to Yarroweyah for the first time this week with no under 17 and under 11s, so the under 14s will start at 11am.
Then after it’s to the Yarrawonga Hotel for awards.