BRENDAN Fevola kicked one of the best goals in Ovens and Murray history on his way to a bag of 10 against Corowa- Rutherglen yesterday.
The former AFL superstar, who simply dominated in Yarrawonga’s 150-54 win, ran riot against a helpless Roos’ backline with a commanding performance out of the goalsquare.
But his sixth goal of the day, midway through the third term, was the clear highlight.
Contesting a boundary throw in, about 30 metres out from Yarrawonga’s goal, Fevola stunningly volleyed the ball out of mid-air and over his head to send another healthy crowd at John Foord Oval into raptures.
“You can’t be taught that,” Yarrawonga co-coach Chris Kennedy said.
“If you has a highlight reel from his time at Yarrawonga it would be pretty impressive.
“He’s living in Yarra and training with the boys now, which makes a difference.
“He’s really embracing the style of footy we’re playing.”
Kennedy said it was reasonable to suggest Fevola was in his best form since joining the club in 2012.
“He’s carried it on from the finals last year,” Kennedy said.
“The first thing he looks at after the game now is how many tackles he’s laid and I reckon that’s where he’s really improved and where his goals are coming from.”
But it wasn’t just Fevola who starred.
Tyler Bonat racked up 41 touches in the midfield, with Morris medallist Xavier Leslie collecting a lazy 37 himself.
Craig Ednie did as he pleased across half-back, with Kayne Pettifer and Brad O’Connor also dangerous up forward — Pettifer kicked six goals while teenagers Jacob Adkins, Damon Symes and Logan Morey also impressed.
“They’ve added a bit of buzz and excitement around the joint and they haven’t missed a beat since they’ve come in,” Kennedy said.
For the Roos, Chris Marshall battled hard in the midfield, with coach Bryce Campbell slowly working himself into form.
Luke Gestier competed well with limited supply up forward and was rewarded with another five goal haul.
Campbell chose to look at the positives out of the game.
“Even though we got belted, we’ll take a lot out of today,” he said.
“To me, it’s always been about improving. We’re a long way away from the top two or three teams and we understand that.
“Those are the standards and levels we need to get to.”