The 2016 A Grade Premiership win was bitter sweet for the Yarrawonga Pigeons as the pressure was on to take home four premierships from four grand final games. The A Grade girls were determined to do just that and make the tally four. In a hard fought game the crowd cheered at the final siren and the girls just couldn’t contain themselves. It was cold, wet and down right miserable but that was all forgotten in Premiership glory. The girls defeated Lavington 37 – 35.
Goals: Bridget Cassar 28, Laura Davis 9
Best for Yarrawonga: Bridget Cassar, Laura Davis and Holly Milner (also best on court).
Article thanks to Yarrawonga Chronicle 2014
The Pigeons scored a 9 goal victory over the Bulldogs and the win will have several high profile netballer commentators up the river very red-faced.
The Pigeons have played in 12 of the 22 Grand Finals in O&M history and, playing in their eighth straight grand final, won their fifth premiership in six years.
The game began superbly with a fast, scintillating start for the Yarrawonga team, with Kylie Leslie creating the first turnover for the game and setting the tone for the team.
Hannah Symes was handed the biggest job in O&M netball opposed to seven foot giant Jane Cook; and Symes was superb as the midcourt of Laura Bourke, Sarah Wollington and Kristy Davis speed and athleticism slowed the Bulldogs ball movement and forced the Bulldogs into going long for their target which played into the Pigeons’ game plan.
At the first change the Pigeons led by 2 goals, 14 to 12.
In the second term, the Pigeons increased the lead 26 to 23.
The third term or ‘premiership’ quarter, the Pigeons blew the Bulldogs away scoring 13 goals to Wodonga 5.
An 11 goal lead at three quarter time saw the Bulldogs drag Cook; and the Pigeons focused on the final whistle.
While Wodonga never gave up in the contest, it was the Pigeons with Sarah Wollington, Bridget Cassar and Abbey Jones showing strength all day despite an enormous physical contest.
The final score was Yarrawonga 49 to Wodonga 40; an excellent nine goal win.
Laura Bourke was awarded Best on Court in a brilliant display through the centre court.
While Bridget Cassar played a great game, being tough and played a great leader’s role in combination with young Abbey Jones.
Coach Kaitlyn Cummins was thrilled with the win and has now achieved everything in O&M netball for the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club.
A Grade Premierships 2001, 2009 -2012 and 2014