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Pigeons score solid win over Magpies

An eleven goal haul from Brendan Fevola helped secure the Yarrawonga Pigeons a confidence building win over the Wangaratta Magpies.

STEPHEN HICKS July 2, 2014 8:54am

Fevola now holds the record for most goals in a game against Wangaratta by a Pigeons player. He eclipsed the record of 10 in 2012 that was shared with Neil Davis(1976).

The 47 point win at the Wangaratta Showgrounds saw the Pigeons play some passages of their best football for season 2014 and head into the break in a good position to attack finals.

Opening the game kicking with the aid of a handy breeze, the Pigeons burst from the blocks with Craig Ednie winning the first centre clearance; while Luke Ednie was giving good honest contests and spoiled a number of Magpie forward forays.

Brendan Fevola kicked the Pigeons first three goals in a seven minute period of Pigeon dominance and the forward pressure from Brad O’Connor and Matt Gorman was ensuring the ball didn’t leak out of the forward arc.

Ed Bayles displayed his talents with a long running goal; on the back of Michael Handby dominating across half back with class and precision disposal. Wangaratta scored a goal after a series of free kicks; but the Pigeons were gathering possessions at will and through Ednie, Handby and O’Connor the Pigeons kept driving forward and Fevola kicked another two goals. Fevola ended the term with 5 goals and the Pigeons led by 30 points at quarter time.

Looking down the barrel of a large deficit, the Wangaratta team tackled hard and kicked six of the first seven goals of the term to reduce the Pigeons lead to just 4 points.

The Pigeons had opportunities but kicking into the wind could only manage behinds until Steve McKee in his first senior game for 2014 snapped a brilliant goal from a boundary throw in.

Craig Ednie continued to dominate through the midfield while Matt Gorman continued to drive the ball long with penetrating efficiency.

Brendan Fevola was able to kick two goals late in the term to ensure a Pigeon lead at half time. The 11 point Pigeon lead was handy with the Pigeons kicking with the breeze in the third term.

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