The Picola and District Football League has taken on a new identity and so has Yarroweyah, with a rejuvenated bunch of Hoppers taking it right up to Jerilderie at the weekend.
The Hoppers got away to a flyer in the first quarter against a young Jerilderie team with some solid pressure around the ball.
When co-coach Andy Jones slotted his first of six majors for the day from 60m, it was clear this was a new-look Yarroweyah.
It was a battle through the midfield all afternoon, with Shaun Greenaway and Khomsan Vatiroyram providing some much-needed leg speed with some exiting run and carry.
Nick Macheda and Mitch Macheda provided some grunt in the midfield, while Daniel Rushby proved his game can go to the next level with some great defensive work and dash when rebounding the ball.
Stephen Marshall also found his way into the game with some good work down back and Jeff Younger used his many years of experience to finish with two goals in his first game for the club.
Coaches Geoff Benson and Jones implored their team to take the game on at each break and set about raising the standard of play, which was a noticeable improvement on last season.
With a 15-point deficit at the end of the game, many positives were outlined and improvement over the coming weeks will ensure a competitive outfit for season 2018.
Benson said it was pleasing the Hoppers were able to stay in the game, despite being headed on a couple of occasions.
‘‘It was good just to have that mentality of getting into a position to win the game,’’ he said.
‘‘We just ran out of legs in the end.’’
While Jones dominated the contest, Benson said it was even more pleasing to see other players have good games.
‘‘It was nice to see some of the lesser-likes who have had big pre-seasons such as Rushby really step up and improve on what they have put out in the past,’’ he said.