Back-to-back fi­nals for Ren­nie

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

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

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