Pi­geons take the choco­lates in hor­ri­ble con­di­tions

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

Satur­day’s game against the Wodonga Bull­dogs saw the Pi­geons record a 32-point win.

In con­di­tions which were com­pletely the op­po­site to what we have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing lately, the Pi­geons should be very pleased with the vic­tory.

Strong winds and squally show­ers made con­di­tions very tough for flu­ent pre­cise foot­ball.

Ball ups, packs a plenty and tack­les were the or­der of the day with play­ers strug­gling to con­trol the slip­pery ball.

The Pi­geons were locked in all day, jump­ing out of the blocks to an early 28-point lead which they held all day.

Whilst Wodonga bat­tled hard all day they lacked se­ri­ous scor­ing power.

This was re­flected by the fact that the home side kept the vis­i­tors score­less in both the first and last quar­ters.

All credit here goes to the Pi­geons de­fend­ers, lead by Beau Sey­mour and Jay­den Gal­lagher in the key po­si­tions but well as­sisted by smalls, Travis Har­g­reaves, Brady Pritchard and Bron­son Schofield.

Out­stand­ing as a ju­nior, Travis Har­g­reaves has now pro­duced three very good games to start the sea­son with this be­ing his best to date.

Let’s hope that his form con­tin­ues to evolve along with the many other young Pi­geons play­ing at present.

The two boys re­turn­ing from Bushranger du­ties in Ely Smith and Bai­ley Frauen­felder fit­ted in beau­ti­fully.

Smith with his strength and good hands, Frauen­felder with his abil­ity to kick goals from any­where were great ad­di­tions.

Along with these two young­sters, the YFNC also played an­other two boys from last year’s thirds side.

Ro­nan Pritchard and Ma­cauley Lon­er­gan both made their se­nior de­but’s.

The Lon­er­gan name is strong through­out the Pi­geons his­tory and Ro­nan joins his older brother Brady as a se­nior player at Pi­geon­land.

Both boys were good per­form­ers on the day and we look for­ward to their games go­ing from strength to strength from this point on.

It should be noted that the in­clu­sion of these boys meant that the se­nior Pi­geons stepped onto the park with no less than 13 play­ers 21 years old or younger.

The Pi­geons had plenty of good play­ers on the day.

Old re­li­able’s in Tyler Bonat, Xave Leslie along with newer faces in Harry Wheeler, Ryan Bruce, Lach Howe and Jess Koop­man all pro­vided great sup­port to the younger play­ers men­tioned ear­lier.

Af­ter three games into the sea­son, the Pi­geons have al­ready utilised 27 play­ers at se­nior level with oth­ers get­ting their op­por­tu­nity in the not too dis­tant fu­ture.

SE­NIOR SCORES Re­serves

With a lot of changes in per­son­nel due to in­jury and ill­ness, the sec­onds were able to call upon Xavier Kennedy, Matthew Bourke and Mar­cus McMil­lan who all pro­vided ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship with their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence.

The sec­ond 18 were chal­lenged to main­tain their good work from the pre­vi­ous week and re­sponded with an­other hard-fought win over the Wodonga Bull­dogs.

Zac Smith, Matthew Dwyer and Ross Mulquiney set up the team from the mid­dle of the ground by win­ning the foot­ball and work­ing as a co­he­sive unit.

Add to that mix, Mitch Collins-Bye who worked tire­lessly and through his body around with bruis­ing ef­fect for the op­po­si­tion play­ers.

Ten­nyson Vance, Matthew McCabe and Matthew Casey showed poise and com­po­sure in the way that they re­pelled Wodonga’s for­ward ad­vances.

Chase Cor­don and David Jones made sure that their op­po­nents knew that they were in for a con­test with their de­fen­sive pres­sure.

At the other end of the ground, Isaac Byrne con­tin­u­ally trapped the ball and Luke Con­gram was great in the way that he drew the foot­ball with his strong lead­ing pat­terns. Yar­ra­wonga: 13. 7. 95 Wodonga: 0. 1. 1

Goal kick­ers: L Con­gram 3, Z Smith 2, I Byrne 2, M Dwyer 2, T Vance 1, C Wil­son 1, M Collins-Bye 1, J MaConachie 1.

Best Play­ers: T Vance, R Mulquiney, Z Smith, M Casey, M Dwyer, I Byrne, M Collins-Bye, L Con­gram.

Yar­ra­wonga Ho­tel Award: Ten­nyson Vance.

Thirds

In try­ing con­di­tions not con­ducive to foot­ball the young Pi­geons were locked in a qual­ity bat­tle with a strong Bull­dogs out­fit.

A bat­tle that lasted right to the last kick of the day and what a last kick from Alex Byrne. A 30m set shot that never looked in doubt! Four quar­ter con­trib­u­tors were hard to find Yar­ra­wonga

Wodonga

Goal Kick­ers: J. Koop­man 2, B. Frauen­felder 2, X. Leslie, E. Smith.

Best Play­ers: L. Howe, T. Har­g­reaves, J. Koop­man, R. Bruce, H. Wheeler, T. Bonat Yar­ra­wonga Ho­tel Award: Travis Har­g­reaves. Chron­i­cle Award: 5.Travis Har­g­reaves. 4.Harry Wheeler. 3.Brady Pritchard. 2.Ryan Bruce. 1.Tyler Bonat. but Jack Sex­ton’s game as an un­der­age thirds player was one to re­mem­ber.

As was James Jor­dan’s.

In par­tic­u­lar James’ ef­forts mid­way through the sec­ond righted the ship and was match win­ning. In the back-half Hay­den Cartwright was strong in de­fence but his at­tack­ing run was out­stand­ing. The 3rds go into the Bye 2-1 with a huge clash against Wan­garatta on the 28th at Wan­garatta. Yar­ra­wonga 7.13.55

Wodonga 8.4.52

Goal Kick­ers: J. Brooks 3, T. Lawrence 2, B. McCabe, A. Byrne

Best Play­ers: J. Sex­ton, J. Jor­don, H. Cartwright, W. Wood­burn, H. Meade, J. Brooks Yar­ra­wonga Ho­tel Award: Jack Sex­ton. Win­gates In­ter­sport: Hay­den Cartwright. Bal­ance Spin Stu­dio: James Jor­don. Yar­ra­wonga Fish and Chips: Tom Whe­lan.

Jor­dan Urquhart get­ting a hand­ball away.

The Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala RSL hold­ing their AN­ZAC Day com­mem­o­ra­tion.

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