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Pigeons outlast plucky Roos

The Yarrawonga Pigeons have survived a scare to defeat the Corowa Rutherglen Roos by 17 points at J C Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.

STEPHEN HICKS July 15, 2014 4:05pm

Inaccuracy was the trend of the day with more behinds being kicked than goals. After trailing at the main break the Pigeons kicked away in the third term to set up the victory.

The Pigeons began the day kicking with the aid of a slight breeze to the river end of the ground. The Pigeons had the first forward 50 entry but failed to score.

Craig Ednie, Scott Oswald and Richard Handreck were repelling the Roos forward forays and after a Matt Gorman snap inside the Pigeons forward line, Fevola marked. His goal opened the scoring for the Pigeons after 11 minutes of play.

Murray Bushranger TAC player Brady Pritchard was attacking fiercely for the Pigeons and was creating opportunities while the Pigeons were wasteful finishing the quarter 10 points in front but registering only 1 goal for the term.

The second term saw the turnover count rise for both teams, with Xavier Leslie along with Oswald and Ednie prominent.

Marcus McMillan was playing strongly in defence but linking passages of play were being turned back. Craig Ednie was even doing ruckwork to unsettle the Roos, but the Roos scored two goals in time-on to take a 1 point lead at the main break and hold the Pigeons to just 3 points for the term.

The third quarter started disastrously for the Pigeons with Luke Ednie dislocating a shoulder within minutes of the bounce and taking no further part in the game.

Richard Handreck took another saving mark, and smart play from Jeremy O’Brien saw him kick the Pigeons back to a lead with his first goal. And following another Pigeon goal, Pritchard, who was again winning crucial possession and creating play with his hard running, found McMillan who had moved forward with instant results. McMillan goaled and then three minutes later Pritchard kicked a great running goal.

Corowa Rutherglen hit back late kicking another 2 goals in the time-on period of the quarter but the Pigeons held a 13 point lead.

The final term saw the Roos score the first behind before Ed Bayles started to find the football and kicked a great goal 11 minutes into the final term. With 7 minutes remaining in the game, Brendan Fevola was yellow carded and finished the game on the bench after a Roos player went to ground.

The Pigeons scored another goal through Steve McKee which saw the Pigeons home.

Corowa Rutherglen had chances to reduce the margin however poor kicking saw them only score 1 goal for the term. Thus the Pigeons scored a 17 point win and next week trek to Myrtleford to take on the Saints.

Chronicle Award; 5 – Craig Ednie, 4 – Marcus Mcmillan, 3 – Brady Pritchard, 2 – Richard Handreck, 1 – Bronson Schofield.

Reserves

The Yarrawonga Reserves scored a 56 point victory over the Roos in a great game of football. The Pigeons stamped their authority early kicking 5 goals in the first quarter to set up the win.

Jacob Adkins starred after being a late inclusion with 5 goals in a best on ground display. Adkins was superb in the conditions and excelled with pace and accurate kicking.

Max Canfield playing his first Reserves game kicked three goals to be a target up forward. Jack Welsh played his best game of the season taking a number of contested marks and was excellent across half forward.

The ever dependable Ross Mulquiney and Marcus Cummins played great leaders games and provided great support for their team mates. Riley Welsh performed well in the ruck while Reed Bonat and Joe Doyle used the ball to the advantage of their team mates.

Under 18s

The Yarrawonga Under 18s produced their best four quarter performance of the year defeating the Roos by 124 points.

More impressive was the Pigeons held the Roos scoreless for the entire game.

The Pigeons best term was the third when they kicked 8 goals to blow the Roos away.

The Pigeons shared their 18 goals amongst eight players with Marcus Hargreaves, Damon Hemphill and Doug Arnold kicking 3 each.

Doug Arnold and Max Canfield played eye catching games and provided plenty of attack and opposition for the Pigeons forwards.

Cam Tregenza kicked 2 goals in a great all-round game while Bailey Brear showed dash and played with flair kicking a goal.

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