JAKE'S TAKE | The Little Master has their measure

Craig Ednie’s hot run of form has him poised to be anointed the greatest Pigeon of all if he secures another Morris Medal.
Craig Ednie’s hot run of form has him poised to be anointed the greatest Pigeon of all if he secures another Morris Medal.

A SECOND Morris Medal for Yarrawonga champion Craig Ednie would seal his place as the greatest Pigeon of all.

There could surely be no argument about it.

It’s amazing, considering his standing in the league, but Ednie’s recent run of form has largely gone under the radar to all those outside of the Yarrawonga camp.

Nobody in the Ovens and Murray is playing better than he is right now.

Yarrawonga’s little master has been the Pigeons’ best in five of their past six games and you could mount a case for the other match, as well. He was the difference against Wangaratta Rovers on Saturday.

While the efforts of several other league stars have gained plenty of attention, the little bloke down the river should be hauling in votes left, right and centre.

“Craig’s form the past six weeks has been fantastic,” Yarrawonga co-coach Drew Barnes said after Saturday’s seven-point win.

“He probably had a bit of a delayed start to the season and wasn’t able to do a lot of the pre-season but it was always going to come.

“It was always about timing his run at this time of the year.

“You could see in the past 10 minutes, his ability to hold on to the ball and create something and get everyone involved is second to none.

“It’s great to have guys like that who are able to lead our younger group.”

Not only did Ednie rack up a team-high 33 possessions — most of those in the first half when Wangaratta Rovers were in control of the contest — he kicked the goal that sparked the Pigeons’ charge home late in the game.

It feels like he’s done that 100 times before.

At 32, Ednie shows little sign of slowing down and remains the Pigeons’ go-to man when a match is on the line.

That’s a fair wrap, considering Yarrawonga boasts a string of big names such as Barnes, Kayne Pettifer and Brendan Fevola.

He’s played in three premierships — a feat no other Pigeon can top — and led the club to two more grand finals as coach.

With Did Simpson, Norm Minns and Morris medals already in his collection, as well as three best and fairests, Ednie’s record is hard to overlook.

When you factor in that record — as well as his natural talent and ability to turn games — there can surely be no other choice.

Plenty already think that Ednie is the best Yarrawonga has had.

Another Morris Medal would simply make it official.


HOW can you go past Wodonga?

The Bulldogs finally got the reward they deserved after several near-misses when they sunk finals-bound Corowa-Rutherglen on Saturday. Not only did the previously winless Bulldogs beat a side of note, they did it after trailing by 25 points at the main break. It was a gutsy effort. Coach Ben Hollands, who kicked six second-half goals in the win, was outstanding and rightfully has his eye on a couple more wins to finish the season. If Wodonga plays like it did on Saturday, that’s on the cards.


DON’T be fooled by the 74-point margin at Albury Sportsground on Saturday.

There are a few chinks starting to appear in the Tigers’ armour. After going down to Lavington last week, most were expecting a clinical and deadly response from the Tigers. It didn’t happen. Credit must go to Myrtleford for the resistance it provided but the Tigers’ hierarchy was left far from satisfied by the efforts of several star players. Plenty of home truths were dealt out after the game.