Pigeons to welcome back stars

LADDER leader Yarrawonga could welcome back to up three of its best players for Saturday’s crunch match against Lavington at Lavington Oval.

Pigeon coach Chris Kennedy said yesterday Brad O’Connor (groin) and Matt Dwyer (hip) were certainties to return from injury, while Jeremy O’Brien is in the mix for selection after severing ties with Queensland club Aspley.

“O’Connor will come in and so will Dwyer,” Kennedy said.

“I’ll have to check on Jeremy O’Brien. I’ll have to have a chat to him.

“If everything’s been going well, he was a rep player last year, you would presume he’d be in the ones.

“But the guys who have been in the ones have been doing nothing wrong and I thought they really stood up in a tough game against North Albury.”

Champion small-man Craig Ednie is making solid progress with a shoulder injury and did the running for the reserves at Bunton Park on Saturday.

“It’s just up to him, he knows his pain tolerance,” Kennedy said.

Matt Irvine is back from three weeks in Darwin with work commitments and is expected to resume in the reserves.

Kennedy said he expected Lavington to provide another torrid test after the teams played a draw in round 1 at Mulwala.

“I would like to think we’ve gradually improved as the year’s gone on,” Kennedy said.

“They are a dangerous side.

“They’ve dropped a couple but they are right up there in the top bracket.

“We have been so ‘Fev’ conscious it opened up on the weekend. Blokes had to stand up and they did.”

Lavington will be without key defender Josh Hamilton who injured his hamstring in Saturday’s win against Corowa-Rutherglen.

Jeremy O'Brien is one of many key Yarrawonga players set to return for the Pigeons.

Jeremy O'Brien is one of many key Yarrawonga players set to return for the Pigeons.