Back-to-back finals for Rennie
105 BELMORE STREET, YARRAWONGA Last year’s South East Picola and District League premiers Rennie will play in the finals for the second consecutive season following their beforehand Football drought.
Rennie will take on Berrigan this Sunday at Yarroweyah, as will all Rennie sides.
With 11 out of 18 wins this year and a sixth home and away finish – compared to 13 wins and third in 2017 - the Grasshoppers may be bigger underdogs in the seniors than last year and don’t have a second chance this year.
But club president Andrew Starr says that Rennie is in with a real chance again.
“I believe if we put it together on the day we can beat anyone,” he told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
And champion coach Craig Ednie thinks other sides will be wary of the Grasshoppers.
“It’s pretty exciting for the footy club,” he said of the club playing finals again. “Obviously we’re going in as the underdogs but we’ll just see how we go.
“We definitely got a bit of quality we recruited late in the season and most sides will be wary of us.
“We have a strong midfield with Dave O’Dwyer, Brad Murray and Judd Porter, and the kids coming along this year even us out. Chase Strawhorn has been a bit of a goal-kicking machine up forward.”
Then, of course, there’s a mid 30s ageing but still classy, much decorated playing coach Craig Ednie, who knows how to play and address his charges.
In his seventh year as president Andrew Starr said the seniors had a slow start to season 2018 after a turnover of players from last year’s premiership team.
“Craig’s done a great job of getting more people on board,” he said. “Dave O’Dwyer, Judd Porter and Brad Murray have got talent, Timmy Hargreaves is back and Chase Strawhorn finished second in the league’ goalkicking after missing seven or eight games.”
Both coach and president rate Berrigan and have noted their improved form of late, like Rennie’s.
Like the seniors, Rennie Reserves must win to stay alive in the race for the ultimate prize, whereas the Thirds and Fourths have a second chance. League officials have planned for clubs to have their teams play as much as possible on the same day in finals, which has been welcomed.
“We wish all our football and netball teams best of luck going into the finals, and hope for as much success as possible,” the club president concluded. 11.10am – Netball U13s - Rennie v Deniliquin Netball
9.30am U17s – Rennie v Strathmerton 11.10am U15s – Rennie v Blighty 12 noon C Res – Rennie v Blighty 12.30pm B Grade – Rennie v Berrigan Football
9.25am U14s Rennie v Katunga 10.40am U17s – Rennie v Strathmerton 12.15pm Reserves – Rennie v Jerilderie 2.05pm Seniors – Rennie v Berrigan