OVENS AND MURRAY | Brandon Symes inspires Pigeons to reserves win over Albury Tigers

SUNDAY’S conditions should have been Pigeons’ ruckman Brandon Symes’ worst nightmare.

But the big man overcame the pouring rain to be the difference between the Pigeons and Tigers, clunking a couple of strong marks and booting two goals to effectively be the difference in the reserves grand final.

It was another arm-wrestle in the wet, with only two goals kicked between the two sides at half-time.

But Symes’ third quarter effort gave the Pigeons the break they needed and they didn’t look back, prevailing 5.4 (34) to 1.6 (12).

SWEEP: Brandon Symes' best-on-ground performance guided the Pigeons to a premiership in the reserves. Picture: MARK JESSER

SWEEP: Brandon Symes' best-on-ground performance guided the Pigeons to a premiership in the reserves. Picture: MARK JESSER

Symes was named best on ground.

Yarrawonga coach Richard Handreck said the Pigeons’ experience was crucial.

“We just had to be harder for longer, keep it simple and it worked out for us,” he said.

“Brandon gave us that breathing space with his two goals in the third quarter and a bit of momentum heading into the last term.” 

The Pigeons won flags in the reserves and thirds football and A and B grade netball.

ROUGH AND TUMBLE: Dean Bigger was one of the Pigeons' best in a tough, physical contest on Sunday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

ROUGH AND TUMBLE: Dean Bigger was one of the Pigeons' best in a tough, physical contest on Sunday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

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