Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
In the Under 19 game the Pigeons were represented by Brayden Coburn and James Irvine, along with Coach Paul Maher, who is principal of Sacred Heart College in Yarrawonga.
Maher teamed up with the college’s deputy principal and member of the Yarrawonga senior football coaching team Dean Carroll who took on the role of an assistant coach with the Under 19 interleague squad.
Coburn played through the midfield and accumulated a mass of possessions with great skill execution and teamed well with players from other clubs.
Irvine played in defence and negated the Hampden League’s key forwards and provided drive from defence.
Both Coburn and Irvine have previously played in the Picola League for Strathmerton and Tungamah respectively and continue to strive for the highest possible football that is on offer in the region. The pair rated highly in a great win for the Ovens and Murray team.
Scores: Ovens and Murray 11.16 (82) def Hampden 7.14 (56)
Goals: Ovens and Murray: Harry McKimmie 3, Trent McMullan 2, Jordan Lavis, Jack Kirley, Dom Brew, Tom Gallaway, Ethan Boxall, Ryley Sharp.
Hampden: M. Gattek 2, J. McKinnon 2, J. Benallack, D. Cox, K. Mercovich
Best: Ovens and Murray: Brady Sharp (Myrtleford), Jordan Lavis (Corowa Rutherglen), Dom Brew (Albury), Brayden Coburn (Yarrawonga), B. Melville (Wangaratta), Ryley. Sharp (Myrtleford), James Irvine (Yarrawonga), Jack Shilg (Corowa Rutherglen).
Hampden: J. Hammond, J. Hutt, J. Benallack, S. James, L. Bone, J. McKinnon
Bonat features in interleague win
In the senior interleague game Tyler Bonat was Yarrawonga’s sole representative and Vice Captain and again played an important role for the Ovens and Murray.
Bonat has represented the league over a long period of time and is one of the most capped interleague players to have represented the O&M in recent times.
Bonat played through a number of positions and combined brilliantly with former AFL player Daniel Cross to dominate the game and score an impressive win.
Scores: Ovens and Murray 20.14 (134) def Hampden 9.14 (68)
Goals: Ovens and Murray: Josh Mellington 4, James Svarc 3, Christian Burgess 3, Brayden O’Hara 3, Brett Doswell 2, Jydon Neagle 2, Shane Gaston, Elliott Powell, Shaun Mannagh.
Hampden: P. Anderson 3, J. Jones 2, J. Lewis, J. Hollmer, P. Carse, B. Moore.
Best: Ovens and Murray: Daniel Cross (Albury), Elliott Powell (Albury), Matt Dussin (Myrtleford), Tyler Bonat (Yarrawonga), Brayden O’Hara (Albury), Jack Di Mizio (Wodonga Raiders), Jydon Neagle (Wodonga Raiders), James Svarc (Corowa Rutherglen).
Hampden: J. Jones, B. Harrington, B. Moore, D. Mooney, R. Taggert, N. Thompson.