Hop­pers to fight an­other day

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Sport -

Ren­nie has scored a con­vinc­ing 52-point vic­tory over Ber­ri­gan in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal at Yar­roweyah on Sun­day.

The Hop­pers are hop­ing to re­peat last year’s premier­ship glory as the un­der­dogs.

Look­ing to win every fi­nal this year Ren­nie, who have re­cruited some class late in the sea­son, will now play the De­niliquin Rovers to stay alive and con­tinue their premier­ship path.

In the Elim­i­na­tion Fi­nal on Sun­day, the Hop­pers were good early win­ning the clear­ances and the run of Tem­pany and in­side work of Big­ger and Foun­tain cre­ated op­tions of which coach Ed­nie kicked two goals for the term.

With a de­fence on top the Hop­pers grabbed an early 21-point break on the Saints at quar­ter time.

The sec­ond term ebbed and flowed as Ren­nie’s de­fence led by Har­g­reaves and Wolfe were out­stand­ing and with Run­nalls kick­ing two the Hop­pers could have blown it apart but the Saints ral­lied, pres­sure caused turnovers and the game was in the bal­ance with Ren­nie up by 17.

An early goal to Ber­ri­gan was fol­lowed by 10 min­utes of nail bit­ing foot­ball as nei­ther side grabbed any ad­van­tage.

Hop­pers clicked late and two goals to Ferguson and Strawhorn as part of a six-goal burst had Ren­nie out by 48.

With most of the sting gone the fi­nal term saw only three goals kicked as Ren­nie were happy to eke out the vic­tory.

Hop­pers now play Deni Rovers in the elim­i­na­tion semi-fi­nals. Re­serves

Ren­nie 9.10.64 def Jer­ilderie 5.2.32

The two’s al­ways looked the bet­ter team but Jer­ilderie kept on hav­ing a crack and it was only late the Hop­pers slipped them­selves to win by 32 points in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

Ryan Forsyth gets a hand­ball away un­der pres­sure dur­ing Ren­nie’s con­vinc­ing elim­i­na­tion fi­nal win against Ber­ri­gan on Sun­day at Yar­roweyah.

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