Team Cooks up a shooter’s dream

Pigeons’ shooter Bridget Cassar shot at better than 80 per cent in the narrow win over North Albury.

Pigeons’ shooter Bridget Cassar shot at better than 80 per cent in the narrow win over North Albury.

WODONGA’S gun shooter Jane Cook has forced O and M historians to go to the record books with a stunning better-than-a-goal-a-minute game against Myrtleford on Saturday.

The teenager, already part of the Australian under-17 development squad, shot 64 goals in the Dogs’ 86-43 win over Myrtleford.

And while Cook’s tally came at an impressive 86 per cent, shooting partner Rebecca Cameron was more accurate with 22 goals from 23 attempts.

Yesterday several stalwarts of the competition said they believed Cook’s performance was a club record if not an O and M record — at least among the top two in its history.

Yarrawonga’s Steph Tyrell in recent years has been the most prolific, bagging a couple of 50-plus hauls in Pigeon wins.

After three draws in the first six rounds, Wodonga coach Kylie Murphy called on a four-quarter effort from her troops.

Former Yarrawonga premiership coach and mentor at North Albury and Wodonga Bob Craig was used on Thursday night as a motivator.

“He just talked about team spirit, what this club is all about and that shone through on Saturday,” Murphy said.

“It was about making a statement to the rest of the competition and shaking off those draws we have had this year, I think in some ways we were all feeling the pressure.

“But we started quickly and had a solid lead at the end of the first quarter — and that point we talked about going on with the job.

“It was a four-quarter effort.

“Jane said she can’t remember ever scoring so many goals but to everyone’s credit it went in there close to 100 times so it was the delivery as well.”

After a slow start to the year perennial powerhouse Yarrawonga has jumped into the top-three with a one-point win over North Albury.

The Pigeons trailed by four at the halfway point in the game at Bunton Park and took a point lead into the final quarter before hanging on 50-49.

It was the fourth time in seven rounds that Yarrawonga has been involved in a game decided by less than four goals.

The result also leaves the Hoppers a game outside the top-five.