YARRAWONGA will contest a charging report on star Brendan Fevola after the Pigeons’ hard-fought 17-point win against Corowa-Rutherglen at J.C. Lowe Oval on Saturday.
Fevola was reported by umpire Ash Broughton for a hit on late inclusion Bill Hansen in the final quarter.
The victors have virtually assured themselves of a top-three finish.
For the losers, an elimination final clash with Wangaratta Rovers now looms.
Corowa-Rutherglen was certainly happy at the first break after applying pressure at all times to contain Yarrawonga to just one goal with the use of a handy breeze.
Champion Craig Ednie was on fire as he knocked up countless possessions, the majority of which were supplied by cousin and ruckman Steve McKee.
The Pigeons could not penetrate the well-drilled defence of Jason Marks, Lachlan McLarty, Al Austin and Tyson Logie.
Yarrawonga dominated play in the first half of the second quarter but with little reward.
The Roos’ first goal of the game, from Jarred Lane, didn’t come until 17 minutes into the second quarter but another from James O’Connell gave the visitors a one-point lead at half-time.
Many positional changes at the long break inspired a four-goal third term from the Pigeons but the Roos kept themselves alive with late goals from Luke Gestier and Luke Prescott.
Down to 17 men after the Fevola report, the Pigeons’ finished the stronger and outscored the Roos in the final term, despite kicking against the breeze.
“It was an ugly win but that’s the way I like to win,” Yarrawonga co-coach Chris Kennedy said.
“It means that our pressure is up and for us to win we have to play ugly as we are not a pretty side.
“When we play pretty, we get exposed.”
The conditions did not allow free flowing footy.
“We were hoping to get one of the big scalps so it was disappointing,” Corowa-Rutherglen coach Bryce Campbell said.