The Yarrawonga Football Netball Club took to the field against Lavington under a dark cloud following the passing of legend and 1959 YFNC Premiership Player Ken “Pascoe” Ellis on Friday.
As a mark of respect all YFNC players across all grades wore black armbands and the Under 18s and Reserves/Seniors lined up for a minutes silence in front of the stand named in honour of the YFNC Games record holder.
After a brilliant start to the game, the Pigeons couldn’t sustain the form and lost by 11 points after a scoreless final term.
The Pigeons wore also sporting a replica jumper of the 1890s as a mark of respect to former players of the era.
The Pigeons began the game kicking to the Murray Valley Highway end of the JC Lowe Oval and it was Riley Welsh who kicked the Pigeons opening goal after six minutes as the result of a free kick.
Beau Seymour was good in defence and took multiple intercepts in defence.
Drew Barnes kicked a first term goal; which was his only goal for the day.
The Pigeons were in total control with Seymour linking with Logan Morey to Jess Koopman who kicked an excellent goal.
Again linking play saw Morey find Nick Lawless to Travis Hargreaves to Brad O’Connor who added another and the Pigeons were three goals clear after 17 minutes of the first quarter. When Brad O’Connor kicked his third goal for the term, the Pigeons led by 36 points as the quarter time siren sounded and Lavington had scored just two behinds.
Lavington started the second quarter with a blaze and kicked three goals before Travis Hargreaves kicked an answering goal for the Pigeons and then Lavington Coach James Saker knocked Jess Koopman to the ground.
Koopman goaled but Lavington kept peppering the goals kicking five goals and six behinds to the Pigeons four goals.
Brad O’Connor kicked his fourth and fifth goals late in the term but Lavington kicked the final goal to trail by 24 points at the main change but with momentum.
The second half again started with two Lavington goals with Saker again taking a man down; this time it was Craig Ednie but no free was paid.
The Pigeons kicked a goal which Lavington answered and then home-grown talent Brady Pritchard kicked long for a badly needed goal after 18 minutes of the quarter.
At the 21 minute mark, Tom Wallis kicked a behind and little were the Pigeons to know this would be their final score for the game.
The margin at the final break was 14 points in the Pigeons favour but they were faltering.
The final term belonged to Lavington with the visitors kicking three goals and seven behinds and keeping the Pigeons scoreless.
Jess Koopman was continuing to work hard along with Tom Wallis, Craig Ednie and Logan Morey but the Pigeons looked to tire and left free Lavington players across the ground and the visitors went on to record an 11 point win on a sad day for the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club.
Chronicle Awards: 5 – JESS KOOPMAN, 4 – TOM WALLIS, 3 – CRAIG EDNIE, 2 – RILEY WELSH, 1 – BRAD O’CONNOR.
Lavington 0.2, 5.8, 8.9, 11.16 (82)
Yarrawonga 6.2, 10.2, 11.5, 11.5 (71)
GOALS, Lavington: Justin Koschitzke 4, Adam Prior 4, Matthew Pendergast 2, Samuel Hargreave 1
Yarrawonga: Bradley O’Connor 5, Jess Koopman 3, Brady Pritchard 1, Drew Barnes 1, Riley Welsh 1
BEST, Lavington: Jonathon Spina, Tom Hargreave, Tom Yensch, James Saker, Luke Garland, Matthew Sharp
Yarrawonga: Thomas Walliss, Craig Ednie, Timothy Cooper, Jess Koopman, Logan Morey, Bradley O’Connor