STAR WARS: Yarrawonga, Albury dilemma as Ednie, Polo both on report

THE Morris Medal hopes of Craig Ednie and Dean Polo are hanging by a thread after the pair of Ovens and Murray stars were reported on Saturday.

Yarrawonga champion Ednie was booked for striking Lavington’s Justin Koschitzke in Saturday’s thriller at Lavington Oval that the Pigeons won by 12 points.

Polo, meanwhile, must front the tribunal this week to answer a charge of misconduct after being sent from the ground in Albury’s demolition of Wodonga.

The Pigeons were still assessing their options yesterday as to whether they would contest Ednie’s charge or seek a set one-match penalty.

They have until midday today to make a decision.

Ednie has been in sensational form for the Pigeons lately and was shaping as a serious chance of adding a second league best and fairest to his collection.

Polo finished runner-up to Yarrawonga’s Xavier Leslie in last year’s count and is a proven vote-catcher.

Both players were reported by two umpires.

It could shape as a double blow for the Pigeons and Tigers if their stars are suspended, with finals just around the corner.

Ednie’s report soured an otherwise perfect day for the Pigeons as they all but crushed Lavington’s hopes of claiming the minor premiership with a two-goal upset.

Albury is now back on top of the ladder with one round to go.

Yarrawonga co-coach Drew Barnes wasn’t getting complacent with the reigning premier’s return to form.

The Panthers and Pigeons now look certain to meet in next fortnight’s qualifying final at W.J. Findlay Oval.

“I can remember last year when we got knocked off by Albury in the last round,” Barnes said.

“It really clicked us into gear.

“The danger is, like us last year, that this game might click Lavington into gear.”