Signs look promising for a Hoppers win on the horizon

By Cobram Courier

In very windy conditions at the Kenny Rd Complex, Yarroweyah hosted Katunga for the first time in a number of years in front of a large crowd.

It was Katunga that had first use of a strong wind and after an early tussle managed to gain some scoreboard ascendancy, kicking eight first-term goals.

Stephen Marshall had his hands full in the key defensive post, while Phil Creighton repelled many forward thrusts by Katunga.

In the second term, Yarroweyah had plenty of the ball in its forward half.

Andy Jones presented well and gave his team a strong target in the forward line, while co-coach Geoff Benson kicked a good goal from a tight angle after some strong forward pressure.

Josh Evans was proving lively up forward and in the midfield, and kicked truly from a classy snap on goal.

Sean Greenaway continued his great start to the season, playing through the midfield and across half-back, and was super-impressive by foot and with his evasive skills.

Khomsan Vatiroyav collected plenty of possessions and is growing as a player each week, with his speed a key for the Hoppers.

After half-time it was a repeat of the first half, with the wind proving to be a telling factor in the game, and Katunga took full advantage of it in the third quarter while Yarroweyah won the final quarter, outscoring the visitors.

Riley Baxter played a good game in defence and through the midfield collecting plenty of possessions and providing a number of strong contested ball wins for his team.

The Hoppers are growing as a team and continue to attract players, and are playing an entertaining brand of football, combined with some great leadership and mateship on and off the field.

If the Hoppers keep applying this kind of attitude, a win won’t be too far away.