Under 16s take to the wet
On a day better suited to playing ducks and drakes the Yarrawonga Under 16s put out their best performance of the season at the Scots School Oval.
Going into the match both teams were evenly poised on 4 wins and 1 loss and this match would be critical for both sides’ march to the finals.
The game started well for the young Pigeons with Alex Byrne controlling the ruck and also providing further effort at the ground ball. Alex’s second effort play is vital to the side when he rucks.
James Jordan shone from start to finish. His sure ball handling and capacity to handle the difficult conditions a standout.
Through the mid zone Issac McMillan, Ned Mullins and Jordyn Studd were effective all day.
In a new role, Zac Webster joined Owen Conway and Sam Mickelson at half back. Together this line held firm throughout the course of the day providing a springboard from which to launch.
However, all over the ground the young Pigeons were able to keep their feet and even in the wet use the first option with sure ball handling.
It was this sure ball handling whether by foot or hand that created clear fast play and placed the Scots backs under an overwhelming amount of pressure.
Such supply allowed a clever Bailey Fraunfelder to capitalise converting 5 majors (even with some suspect attention from his opponent).
Brother Austin did not miss out either but it was his defensive pressure and capacity to win contested ball that were the highlights of his game.
Harry Meade put to bed his outing of last week in a welcome return to form (after a good week on the training track).
This week the side is at home to ladder leaders Albury. Get down at 12.30pm for what will be a hotly contested match.
Best Players: J Jordan (Wingates Award), A Fraunfelder (McMillan Award), H Meade, Z Webster, O Conway.
Much deserved win for Under 14s
In conditions more suited for gold fish Yarrawonga U14s travelled to Albury to take on Scots in round 6 of the AWJFL.
The first quarter was a slog from the start.
Scots flooded the backline and combined with a wet slippery ball made any sort of flowing football impossible.
A spillage from the pack saw Ned Pendergast pick up the ball and slot a goal from the pocket to kick the only major of the quarter.
The rain kept falling but that didn’t deter the boy’s enthusiasm.
Eventually the onball brigade led by Max Hemphill, Zac Banch, Jackson Meade, Liam Martin and Nick Gorman began to get their hands on the ball creating opportunities for the forwards.
Ned, playing a new role up forward, led strongly and took several strong marks resulting in three goals pushing the lead out to 22 points at half time.
The third quarter saw Scots start strongly, applying pressure and bombing the ball forward which put the back six under the pump.
Tom Adkins was superb all day, taking several intercept marks on the last line of defence.
His footy smarts enabled Yarrawonga to rebound on the fat side of the ground creating scoring opportunities for Max Hemphill and BJ Martin who both kicked goals, taking the lead out to 34 points at the final change.
The last quarter was a bit like watching a pinball machine in overdrive.
The boys were numb and the ball was like a lead balloon.
The boys gave their all for a much deserved win in very trying conditions.
Quote of the week by Max Hemphill, “Be careful today boys because the water is really wet.” Great work Maxie.
Special thanks to the team sponsors Yarrawonga Podiatry, Yarrawonga Paint Shop, Video Land, Oasis Scaffolding and Brick Laying and Wingates sports.
Final Scores: Yarrawonga 6-2-38 defeated Scots School 0-5-5.
Goal Kickers: Ned Pendergast 4, BJ Martin 1, Max Hemphill 1.
Award Winners: Tom Adkins, Ben Deoleveira, Josh Spain, Zac Banch.
Under 12s win in the wet
Torrential rain and a water-logged Albury Sportsground greeted the Pigeon Under 12s on Sunday.
Taking on the impressive Albury Gold outfit the young Pigeons handled the conditions superbly, putting their bodies on the line and continually driving the ball forward in a simplified game plan.
The skills of Jyda House were on display early with a superb running goal from 40 metres.
House delighted the crowd and lifted his teammates early in the game with a great work-rate and skills across the half forward line.
Jett Peters was rock solid across the half back line repelling many attacks in the first half before sneaking forward late in the game a kicking a classy goal while defender Mac Pendergast, Hunter Frauenfelder and the developing Lachie Phillips all demonstrated strong discipline and skill in the first half.
Leaders Zac Fraser, Jy Leonard, Hudson Gillies and Sam Hemphill were superb around the contest all day while Max Mickelson continued his great early season form with a strong display all over the ground.
Up forward Jobe Kennedy, Cameron Lefevre and Hunter Frauenfelder all hit the scoreboard while first-gamer Darcy Hicks was impressive across half forward providing great pressure on the opposition.
Pigeons legend and Under 12 Coach Chris Kennedy was full of praise for the young tyros who braved the conditions singling out Oscar Elliot and Noah Clarke who ran water for their teammates.
In another highlight two sets of brothers played their first game together with Brendan and debutant Thomas Ryan joining forces while Beau and Zach Cummins had their families bristling with pride.