Hop­pers rolled in sea­son opener

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

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.

Re­serves

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.

Un­der 17s

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.

Un­der 14s

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.

Un­der 11s

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.

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