Yarrawonga definitely looked the goods from the first bounce, with the Rovers barely in the contest all game, and the Pigeon faithful were thrilled with the way the boys put together four consistent quarters of football.
Onballers Tyler Bonat, Xavier Leslie, Mark Whiley, Matthew Gorman, Brady Pritchard, Ryan Bruce and Nick Lawless had huge possession games and played team football pushing the ball into the forward line.
Brad O’Connor was the recipient many times of this forward flowing football, adding five to his season tally and also giving off goal kicking opportunities to others in what turned out to be a huge scoring game.
In all three rounds so far Tyler Bonat, last year’s Morris Medalist and this year’s captain, has lead the team brilliantly and his form has been outstanding.
The Pigeons have a number of worthy leaders on the ground but Bonat’s commitment to his team has been outstanding.
Last year’s Co-Coach Drew Barnes is enjoying his break from coaching, impressing supporters with his attack on the ball.
Beau Seymour and Bronson Schofield’s match fitness is exemplary and Lawless continues to give his opposition headaches with his running, bouncing and goal kicking.
Youngsters Jayden Gallagher, Damon Hemphill and Ryan Bruce continue to capitalise on their senior opportunity and Rhys O’Sullivan just keeps outclassing his opponents.
Skilled players Logan Morey and Lachlan Howe looked pretty comfortable in their roles in great signs for the season ahead for the Pigeons.
With a split round coming up, the next match for Yarrawonga is on April 29 and it is sure to be a cracker with the ladder’s number one and two teams playing off at the Pigeons home ground.
Both Yarrawonga and Wangaratta Magpies are undefeated and round 4 will certainly be a game not to miss.
Chronicle Award: 5 Tyler Bonat, 4 Mark Whiley, 3 M Gorman, 2 B Pritchard, 1 B Coburn.
ReservesIt was going to be a tough day for Rovers with senior players Tim Cooper, Tom Wallis, Brandon Symes, Marcus McMillan alongside Trav and Marcus Hargreaves and Tim Hargreaves dominating against a young Wangaratta combination.
Ruckman Brett Smith gave his onballers first use of the ball and Isaac Byrne enjoyed great delivery capping off a superb performance with six goals.
Jordan Urquhart, James Bruce, Will Robinson and Trent Williams, all 2016 thirds premiership players, continue to impress and improve weekly, pushing their names forward to be considered for senior selection.
The crowd was also happy to see Matt Grinter and Chris Wilson back in action but disappointed to see veteran Ross Mulquiney sustain a knee injury.
Goals: I Bryne 6, M Casey 3, B Symes 2, J Bruce 2, J Urquhart 2, T Walliss 2, Tim Hargreaves 2, Trav Hargreaves 1, R Mulquiney 1.
Best: T Cooper, Trav Hargreaves, M Hargreaves, T Walliss, B Symes, M McMillan, I Byrne, Tim Hargreaves
Under 18sThe young Pigeons continued their winning form although they were pushed hard by the Wangaratta Rovers for two quarters.
Joe Gorman continued his good form in the ruck along with on ballers, Lewis Taylor, Isaac McMillan and Ely Smith.
Jack Sexton’s run and Kayden Sharp’s solid work in defence saw the scores even at the first break with four goals each.
The second quarter turned into a battle of the backlines with the majority of the game being played between the 50 metre arcs.
In what was easily the hardest the boys have been pushed, it took Matt Casey flexing his muscle to set Ely Smith up for late goals to give Yarrawonga an eight point lead at the main break.
Coach Jordan Daniels’ request to focus on their game plan and remain disciplined had the desired effect after half time.
A five goal to one quarter saw the Pigeons pull away.
Finn O’Dwyer led the way with his silky skills and Darcy Norman’s run and goal from the back half saw the boys get on top of their opponents.
The last went the same way as the third. Will Woodburn showed his hardness and commitment by running back with the flight of the ball to win a contest and Bailey Frauenfelder capped off a best on ground performance with his fifth goal.
With the assistance of Zack Smith’s run, the Pigeons finished with a 50 point final winning margin.
Yarrawonga 16.7.103 def Rovers 8.5.53.
Goals: E Smith 5, Z Smith 3, B Frauenfelder 2, R Pritchard 1, M Casey 1, J Jordon 1, J MaConachie 1, L Taylor 1, D Norman 1.
Best: B Frauenfelder, F O’Dwyer, J Gorman, E Smith, Z Smith, L Taylor.