Pi­geons win in nail-biter

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

Yar­ra­wonga faced off against the Lav­ing­ton Pan­thers in the first elim­i­na­tion fi­nal and the match was a real nail biter.

The match got off to a slow scor­ing start with nei­ther for­ward line able to get a good look at the ball.

Lav­ing­ton put the first ma­jor on the board at the fif­teen minute mark be­fore Yar­ra­wonga quickly fol­lowed suit.

Jess Koop­man kicked his first be­fore a strong Bran­don Symes mark put the Pi­geons in front.

Jess Koop­man bril­liantly roved a pack to kick his sec­ond and give his side an 8 point lead at the first break.

The low scor­ing bat­tle continued in the sec­ond with Yar­ra­wonga’s back­line per­form­ing well. Beau Sey­mour, Travis Har­g­reaves, Scott Oswald, Jake Wild and Matt Casey all worked hard to pre­vent the Pan­thers from scor­ing and wing men Ryan Bruce, Bron­son Schofield and Brady Pritchard did their best to drive the ball for­ward.

Again Jess Koop­man bobbed up to kick his third and Brad O’Con­nor added to the score to see the Pi­geons up by 6 points at the main break.

Bran­don Symes got the side off to a great sec­ond half start with a ma­jor in the first few min­utes and then Xavier Les­lie used his wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to snap a great goal from the pocket to ex­tend the Pi­geons lead.

Yar­ra­wonga’s mid­field­ers in Tyler Bonat, Matt Gor­man and Harry Wheeler were in ev­ery­thing all day but stepped up their workrate in the third.

Their hard work re­sulted in young gun James Jor­don kick­ing his first and Jess Koop­man driv­ing through his forth.

The Pan­thers not to be out­done kicked a cou­ple of late goals to re­duce the Pi­geons lead to 12 points go­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter.

The last quar­ter turned into a rip­ping con­test.

Lav­ing­ton posted early goals be­fore Bran­don Symes in his 100th se­nior game and James Jor­don, got the Pi­geons back on track with straight kicks.

Lach Howe had worked hard all day and de­spite a cou­ple of heavy falls still man­aged to lift him­self off the deck to win the ruck­ing con­tests.

A late goal from a 50 me­ter penalty saw the Pan­thers back in strik­ing dis­tance.

With only sec­onds left on the clock a Lav­ing­ton kick in­side the 50m line was about to find its tar­get when Tyler Bonat showed great des­per­a­tion to run back with the flight of the ball and man­age to spoil the mark.

From the spill Lav­ing­ton took pos­ses­sion and un­der in­tense pres­sure squared the ball only to see the siren go be­fore the mark was taken.

The Pi­geons home by 4 points.

A great hard fought win that will see the Pi­geons take on the Wan­garatta Mag­pies in the 2nd Elim­i­na­tion fi­nal this week­end.

Re­serves

Yar­ra­wonga 10.12.72 def Wod Raiders 1.2.8

GOALS – Yar­ra­won­gaM. McCabe 3, M. Grin­ter 2, C. Wiles, X. Kennedy, M. Dwyer, C. Wil­son, J. MaConachie.

BEST – J. Gal­lagher, M. Collins Bye, C. Tre­genza, M. Lon­er­gan, W. Robin­son, R. Clarke.

The Yar­ra­wonga sec­ond 18 were able to con­tinue their strong de­fen­sive form to win SE­NIOR SCORES

Yar­ra­wonga 3.3 5.6 9.8 11.11 77

Lav­ing­ton 2.1 4.6 7.8 10.13 73

GOALS – Yar­ra­wonga: J. Koop­man 4, B. Symes 3, J. Jor­don 2, B. O’’Con­nor, X. Les­lie. Lav­ing­ton: J. Hunt 2, A. Prior 2, L. Ross 2, B. Dick­son, J. Har­land, A. Flagg, N. Hol­man. BEST – Yar­ra­wonga: T. Bonat, H. Wheeler, L. Howe, X. Les­lie, T. Har­g­reaves, J. Jor­don. Lav­ing­ton: S. Cur­tis, T. Har­g­reave, N. Mered­ith, J. Hunt, T. Hanna, N. Hol­man. the Qual­i­fy­ing Fi­nal against Wodonga Raiders.

The back six showed sheer des­per­a­tion in the way that they worked to­gether to hold the Raiders team to only three shots on goal for the day.

Mitch Collins-Bye, Cameron Tre­genza, Will Robin­son and Reid Clarke were all fan­tas­tic in the way that they were able to turn de­fence into at­tack.

Isaac Byrne continued his strong form again and held the league’s lead­ing goal kicker goal­less.

The Pi­geon boys got off to a good start but were un­able to cap­i­talise on their dom­i­nant for­ward en­tries and kicked 1 goal from 7 shots.

Jay­den Gal­lagher was im­pres­sive with his ball use and Joe Gor­man was giv­ing the team first look at the ball at the cen­tre bounces.

After a few ad­just­ments at quar­ter time, the Yar­ra­wonga team found their groove and put through 6 goals.

The team held field po­si­tion which al­lowed the for­wards to cause turnovers through their pres­sure acts.

At half­time the team were in a strong po­si­tion hav­ing held the Raiders team to only 1 scor­ing shot.

At the half­time break the team were im­plored not to be­come com­pla­cent and be ready for the Raiders team to make a strong come­back.

That they did, but the Yar­ra­wonga team continued to de­fend valiantly.

The sec­ond half was an arm wres­tle with both teams hav­ing patches where they were in con­trol of the ball.

Next week the team will be look­ing for­ward to chal­leng­ing them­selves against the Al­bury Tigers in the Sec­ond Semi Fi­nal at Bun­ton Park, North Al­bury.

Thirds

Yar­ra­wonga 12.5.77 def Al­bury 10.9.69

GOALS – J. Brooks 4, B. McCabe 2, T. Lawrence 2, A. Frauen­felder 2, J. Sex­ton, M. Evans.

BEST – T. Whe­lan, A. Byrne, J. Sex­ton, W. Wood­burn, T. Hem­phill, I. McMil­lan.

On a per­fect spring morn­ing the 3rds took on a high qual­ity Al­bury out­fit and in a gen­uine arm wres­tle came away with the “W”.

The game started with Alex Byrne win­ning the ruck, clear­ing the mid­dle and de­liv­er­ing to Jack Brooks deep for­ward and from there Alex did not look back and was the dom­i­nant tall on the field for the day.

In a roll of the dice the Yar­ra­wonga side went tall in the front half but it was the pres­sure from all that was telling.

Tim Lawrence’s re­turn to form has been high­lighted by his de­fence and a tackle count of 6 gave the clear­est of in­di­ca­tions of his de­sire to hunt the op­po­nent with the goals com­ing as a re­sult.

The back group of Sharpe, Meade, Sim and Whe­lan were ex­cel­lent keep­ing the usu­ally high scor­ing Tigers to 10 goals.

How­ever, spe­cial men­tion must be made of the de­fen­sive role played by Ty­lar Hem­phill.

Whilst his pos­ses­sion count only just reached dou­ble fig­ures his de­fen­sive per­for­mance was jammed packed with high­lights were he nul­li­fied con­tests and locked down Al­bury ad­vances.

Through the mid zone McMil­lan, Sex­ton and Wood­burn continued to fight and their com­bined per­for­mance as the main mid­field group was in­stru­men­tal in not only pro­vid­ing the drive into at­tack but also keep­ing con­trol of Al­bury’s danger­ous run.

This Satur­day at North Al­bury (9.30am) the young Pi­geons take on the lad­der leader Wan­garatta Rovers for a place in the Grand Fi­nal - your sup­port would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

James El­liott lays a hard tackle on a Pan­ther op­po­nent.

Jess Koop­man looks to kick one of his four ma­jors.

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