The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.August 26, 2014 3:58pm
Led by Coach Ross Mulquiney and in a match where both coaches were focused on the need to apply pressure, it was the young Pigeons that brought their ‘A’ game from the opening bounce.
Jordan Nelson, Will Robinson, Chandler Robinson and Max Tempany ran relentlessly and set the tone for what was a high standard game between two good sides.
The under 16 back line held firm all day. Damon Hemphill was outstanding and his pack marking a feature of the first three quarters before he too joined into the midfield dominance for the final stanza.
Ben Welsh provided quality rebound and along with Cam Maher, Beau Zanin and Clay Woodward ensured the Scots goal kickers had to work hard to have any impact.
Tana Freeman and Chase Cordon controlled their wings and their harassment and contested ball winning was a key to controlling the game.
Matthew McCabe again played a good strong forward’s game and was well assisted by Isaac Byrne who hit the packs hard.
Darcy Norman and Ronan Pritchard provided strong running support and their flexibility to swing back and forward reflected on their ability to be coached and follow instruction.
But most games have a stand out and in this game it was Ryan Bruce - in everything from goals to marks to kicks.
Additionally, this young dynamo’s tackle count was elite. His pressure and efforts to stop the opposition run and then create run himself saw him a clear Best on Ground medallist.
YFNC Club president Glenn Bear and Senior Coach Chris Kennedy were equally impressed by Bruce’s on-field dominance.
As reward for the excellent contribution to the club, following the game the Under 16s top six players were invited to form part of the senior squad in the Ovens and Murray as they prepare for possible third straight premiership. What a fantastic opportunity and innovation from the YFNC.
The Under 16 Pigeons have had a great season and were thrilled to bring home the premiership for Ross Mulquiney in his first year as coach.
Lastly, special mention must be made of Chris Pritchard and his exceptional running of the junior program.
And of course to Scott Robinson, a first class football man who would be a great acquisition and asset to any coaching panel whether as head coach or assistant.
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