Yarrawonga has set up a highly-anticipated clash with Wangaratta in round four after comfortably accounting for Wangaratta Rovers at Mulwala’s Lonsdale Reserve on Easter Sunday.
The Pigeons were never troubled in the massive 25.16 (166) to 3.11 (29) victory to join the Magpies as the only undefeated teams after the first three rounds of the season.
Yarrawonga co-coach Chris Kennedy was very pleased with the performance.
“I thought the boys played really well,” Kennedy said.
“It’s a new looking side with probably only 10 players from last year’s prelim.
I think the whole comp has tightened up and that game is going to decide who stays up there.Chris Kennedy
“We’ve improved every week and today was obviously a good performance.
“We’ve got a bye now and then we’ve got a big game against an undefeated Wangaratta who have been very impressive.”
Kennedy is looking forward to the challenge.
“I think the whole comp has tightened up and that game is going to decide who stays up there,” he said.
“It’s going to be a really tight game.”
Pigeons’ star recruit and former AFL-listed played Mark Whiley was best afield, while Bradley O’Connor was the standout forward with five majors.
“In general, the energy of the whole side was pretty good I thought,” Kennedy added.
Jess Koopman left the field early in the third quarter with a corked thigh, but returned to play a part in setting up one of the Pigeons’ several goals and will be available against the Magpies.
Rovers co-coach Ross Hill said there was nothing really positive to take from the game.
“We exposed a few guys to senior footy, but it was a pretty ordinary performance,” Hill said.
“Three goals, eleven (behinds) is obviously not ideal and it wouldn’t have been the difference in the game, but we were just outworked by Yarra.
“They gave us a bit of lesson about how hard to work at senior level, it’s as simple as that.”
Hill expected a much better display after a positive performance against Wangaratta last weekend.
“We were looking to carry that attitude and effort into this week,” he said.
“That’s the disappointing part, we couldn’t back up last week’s performance.
“We play Corowa-Rutherglen next Saturday and if we put in a similar performance like we did today, we’re going to be up against it again.”
Hill said several players are under consideration to step up from the reserves.