Club domination ‘comes in cycles’

Drew Barnes will be an obvious omission from the Yarrawonga team.
Drew Barnes will be an obvious omission from the Yarrawonga team. .

Past and present club presidents Adrian Villella and Nic Conway are also on board with the group, which wants to fast-track equalisation measures such as a player points system for next season.

The Pigeons have stormed back into premiership contention in recent weeks and Leslie, who becomes just the fourth player in Yarrawonga’s history to reach the 200-game milestone, said the Pigeons had thrived on being written off in some circles during the year.

“A lot of people say we’re nowhere near as good but I certainly think we still are,” he said.

“We might not have those big key defenders this year but the younger guys down there have really started to work together in recent weeks.

“The improvement has been massive.”

Leslie said beating the Panthers this afternoon, which would set up a second semi-final showdown with Albury, was critical to the Pigeons’ chances of winning a hat-trick of flags for the first time.

“It’s massive,” he said.

“You keep your second chance and obviously get that crack at Albury.

“The reality is we’re two wins away from getting into another big one, if we’re lucky enough to do it.

“We’re back to full-strength without the obvious one in Drew (Barnes).

“We’re really looking forward to it.

“It will be a bit different to last time but hopefully we get the same result.”