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Tyler Bonat 150 Senior Games 

Round 10 against Wangaratta Rovers saw Tyler Bonat run out for his 150th Senior game with the Pigeons.  “Rig” as he’s suitably known has had a long association with the Pigeons but has also played 35 senior games for Corowa Rutherglen during his senior footy career.  He also claims fame to being a premiership playing in 2006, 2012 and 2013 along with representing the OMFNL interleague side for five games 2010, 2012, 2014-2016.

Not a bad record!

Bonat’s 150th a memorable one




2016 Ovens and Murray FNL Representation

The YFNC have again been well represented in the OMFNL Interleague teams for 2016.  Congratulations to Tyler Bonat (Senior Rep) and Brayden Coburn and James Irvine (U19 Reps).  Our very own Lois and Shayne Stiles were part of the trainers team on the day.  Go Pigeons!!

O&M interleague Tyler Bonat O&M Interleague Braydon Coburn and James Irvine

OM Interleague  trainers Lois and Shayne Stiles








The Club are also pleased with the efforts of these boys who were represented in the AWJFL U16 Red team.  From left to right Isaac McMillan, James Jordon, Bailey Frauenfelder, Ned Mullins, Owen Conway and Brock McCabe.

AWJFL interleague reps







2015 AFL Victoria Country vs VAFA Under 19 Saturday 11 July 2015

Congratulations to Brady Pritchard who last week represented the OMFNL and the YFNC on his selection in the 2015 Worksafe AFL Vic Country’s Energysafe U19 team.  Brady went across to Bendigo for the game against the VAFA U19 side.  AFL Vic Country won 8.13 61 to 1.6 12 with Brady being named in the best players.  Well done Brady, great achievement.

Brady Pritchard 2015 VicCountry Under 19 team rep
Brady Pritchard 2015 VicCountry Under 19 team rep















Sunday Junior Football (AWJFL) Round 8

All three tams headed up the river to play  Albury  Gold and Wodonga Raiders.

U12 won 8.14 62 defeating Albury Gold no score –  the Pigeons presently sitting third on the ladder

U14 played it out hard only to lose 7.9 51 to Raiders 15.8 98

U16 9.14 68 defeating Raiders 6.6.42 – the Pigeons presently sitting fourth on the ladder.

U12 have a bye this weekend but U14 and 16s playing down here at the Grove on Sunday 21 June. Our supporters are more than welcome to come a cheer our younger boys on.  The Canteen will be open with plenty of hot food and delicious coffee.






When you talk about the talented midfielders who have represented the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club, you hear the names of Harry “Jock” Ball, Alec White, Kevin Hilet, Les “Salty” Parish, Peter “Peas” Stevenson, Jeff Long, John Brunner, Damian Sexton, Dennis Phibbs, Tim Hargreaves, Jason Wild, Michael Stevens and Xavier Leslie. Craig Ednie is as elite a midfielder as any of the aforementioned. This weekend Ednie lines up for his 200th senior match for the YFNC against North Albury at Bunton Park, Albury.

Ednie debuted for the Yarrawonga Pigeons against Corowa Rutherglen at John Foord Oval in Round 1, 6th April 2003. On that particular day, he received two votes in the Border Mail Johnsons MME Awards playing as Rover. Craig Ednie began his football at the YFNC in the Under 12s and progressed through the Under 15s representing the Under 18s in the Ovens and Murray as a 15 year old. He won selection in the Ovens and Murray Schoolboys’ team in 1997.  Season 1997 also provided a highlight when Ednie along with team mate Luke Hammond tied for the AWJFL Under 15 Best and Fairest.

In 1998 Ednie won the YFNC Under 18s Best and Fairest after playing nine games due to playing the last half of the year with the Murray Bushrangers and playing in their TAC Cup Premiership team, also representing Victorian Under 16 side, being selected in the All Australian team and playing the All Ireland team in Gaelic footy.

The Pigeons lost Ednie for the next two years as he entrenched himself in the Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup program. He won the Best and Fairest as a 17 year old and Runner Up the following year as well as being Captain. More accolades followed with selection in the TAC Cup Team of Year in 1999 and 2000 and he represented Victoria Country in both seasons. Ednie also was named in the Murray Bushrangers Team of the Decade as Rover and in 2012 was selected in the Murray Bushrangers 20 year Platinum Team squad of 30. (Unfortunately missing selection in final 24, but to be in the 30 from 550 players is a great honour.)

After completing a pre-season with the Collingwood Football Club, Ednie was drafted at the end of 2000 to the Rookie List at the Richmond Football Club with selection 52 in Round 4. He was promoted to the senior list after Round 10 in 2001. His AFL debut came in Round 6, 2002 against the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium, (then Telstra Dome.) His first opponent was Brownlow Medalist Mark Riccuito. Ednie had 17 possessions and kicked one goal. However after seven games for the season, Ednie was delisted and despite lucrative offers Australia wide, returned to Yarrawonga to play for the Pigeons. Ednie was the 11203rd player to appear in a senior AFL/VFL game, and was the 1030th player to appear for the Richmond Football Club in a senior game.

Craig added a C T Runnalls Medal as YFNC Best and Fairest winner in 2004; a medal named in his Grandfather’s honour. Ednie brought up his 50th senior game at the YFNC against Wangaratta Rovers on 6th May 2006.  Season 2006 turned out to be the perfect season with Ednie winning the Morris Medal and Yarrawonga claiming its 3rd Senior Premiership in the Ovens and Murray Football Netball League.

Ednie added a second C T Runnalls Medal in 2007 while being Runner Up four times. Craig added back to back Best and Fairest in 2013 and 2014 to give him four YFNC Best and Fairest awards. Added to this were five Yarrawonga Chronicle Player of the Year awards. Ednie was Captain Coach for the YFNC from 2008 to 2010 consisting of two Grand Final losses in 2009 and 2010.

Ednie became a three time Premiership player after playing in Back to Back Premierships in 2012 and 2013. Ednie was awarded the Did Simpson Medal and VCFL Medal for Best on Ground in the 2012 Grand Final. In all Ednie has played in seven Senior O&M Grand Finals.

Craig Ednie was awarded Life Membership of the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club in 2013.

Representative duties have followed Ednie’s career earning him Ovens and Murray honours 10 times including winning the Norm Minns Medal as O&M Best Interleague Player in 2006. Ednie was also selected to represent Victoria Country in 2006 earning All Australian Honours.

When asked to list his best opponents in the O&M, they were: Jason Lappin – honest, hardworking elite ball getter always found the footy; Jon McCormick – tough, fair freak that was tagged every week but still influenced the outcome of a game; Andy Carey and Tim Hargreaves.

Then there are blokes like Tim Sanson, Matt Fowler, Robbie Walker and John Brunner who he never got to playagainst at their absolute peak; and Brendan Fevola, “don’t think I have ever seen someone in the O&M dominate a season or games of footy like he has this season in his time at Yarrawonga”

craig ednie 2 copy

The best players, Ednie has seen at the YFNC are:

Brendan Fevola – “The things he has done on the footy field in O&M, most people haven’t done in their whole footy career!”, Tim Hargreaves has won YFNC Best and Fairest, Morris Medal, Club and League goal kicking; “Just the ultimate competitor who hates to lose”. John Brunner’s record speaks for itself; “Loved going down to training as a kid following him around”.

Asked to list the best players, Ednie has played alongside, he believed, and obviously they would be in the AFL, with Matthew Richardson, “absolute superstar”; Wayne Campbell, “Very underrated never played a bad game for the Tigers, super consistent”. Against – played on Paul Kelly, Robert Harvey, Mark Riccuito, “all absolute guns and Brownlow Medallists”.

The biggest influences in his own words, on his career have been:

Neil Davis – “Was my first real coach. Had enormous amount of respect for him, was hard and demanding and always got the best out of me. Unbelievable bloke”.

Kelly O’Donnell – “Best coach I have ever had, probably moulded the way I coached and played. Was the hardest and fairest coach I had but he was a fellow who got the most out of me, could give a pretty handy spray”.

Mum and Dad – “Dad has been my best supporter most honest critic in a good and bad way. He was my first coach, and is still heavily involved in all the family’s lives and sport.  Mum is just a superstar legend who gives us everything, probably a biased supporter, but all mums are. (Probably have to thank her and the Runnalls family for my height.) I owe everything to Mum and Dad, sister Amy and brother Luke.  I love them all very much”.

“There are so many people who have helped me out, trainers, supporters, all my family – Grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins, they have been amazing supporters, there are just too many of them individually to thank, past and present players. I have met so many unbelievable people in Yarrawonga. These people, who week in and week out, donate their time for me to do what I love to do and those people do a way harder job than the players, so accept my thanks. And to the Purtle family, they are amazing people; thanks for everything.”

In his career at the YFNC, Craig Ednie has missed 32 games through injury; three through suspension and 13 while overseas in 2011. He was given Number 29 at the YFNC when he was at the Murray Bushrangers but never wore it in a game for the Pigeons, he wore Number 2 in 32 games, Number 12 in 13 games and on Sunday against North Albury will wear the Number 3 for the 155th time in senior football for the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club.

Well done on possibly the best 200 games for the YFNC and hopefully there are plenty more games to come.

Craig Ednie copy















INTERLEAGUE 2015 – OMFNL Vs Peninsula League 

The 2015 OMFNL Interleague side were once again well represented from the Pigeon coop.  Tyler Bonat, Tim Cooper, Brandon Symes, Craig Ednie (Capt) and playing coach Brendan Fevola were amongst the team that unfortunately went down to the Peninsula League.

Border Mail O&M interleague article

Three of our finest made it into the U19 squad that proved to good for the Peninsula winning 13.9 (87) to 9.11 (65).  Jess Koopman (2 goals) Brady Pritchard (1 goal) and Damon Hemphill all thrived on the experience.



Great Weekend as Yarrawonga Pigeons are represented in the AWJFL Interleague sides;

Congratulations Macauley Lonergan, Ronan Pritchard, Claye Woodward, Darcy Norman and Cameron Magher on their selection to play in the U16 Albury Wodonga interleague side in Wangaratta on the weekend. The Pigeon players side finished third with Macauley capping off a big day with being named best player of the carnival!

Congratulations also to Harrison Meade, Sam Mickelson, Jordyn Studd and Max Hemphill on making the U14 interleague side. They finished a credible runners up. Well done to all these boys.


Round 6 vs Wangaratta Magpies 

Here’s the Yarrawonga Chronicle article from this weeks edition when the Wang Maggies came to town.

Round 6 vs Wangaratta Magpies


Round 5 Vs Myrtleford 9.5.15

That’s right we are heading up to the hills for Round 5 to take on Myrtleford.  If the weather holds out during this week and we have another day on Saturday like the Sunday just past it will be a great day up there.  After having a week off we hope to see a good number of members and supporters travel up to cheer the boys and girls on.


In perfect conditions the Junior boys had two wins from three games.  Under 12 6.5 41 defeated St Pats 1.0 6, Under 14 went down 2.6 18 to St Pats 14.10 94 and U16 had a strong win 16.15 111 to Raiders Red 7.5 47.  #GoPigeons


Round 3 in the AWJFL will be held this Sunday 3.5.15 at the JC Lowe Oval here in Yarrawonga. Starting at 10.00am U12 and at 11.00am U14 are both playing St Pats and at 12.30pm U16 are playing Raiders Red.  Go Pigeons!!


Thanks to all our members and supporters who headed down to the Grove last Saturday for our Anzac Day clash. There was a record crowd for the annual “Rumble on the River’ and the boys and the girls looked great in their ANZAC Day tops and 1914 inspired Heritage Jumper. Should anyone wish to buy a jumper please contact the office.  Numbers are limited and there are definitely no number 25 available. Fev’s jumper was auctioned after the game receiving a record $4000 from the winning bidder!


SS&A OMFNL Interleague Squads 

The Ovens & Murray Football Netball League have announced this week the initial 42 man senior training squad for this year’s interleague clash with Peninsula on May 23 at Albury.

Brendan Fevola will again coach the side following last years dominant display against Hampden League. Selected from Yarrawonga are Tyler Bonat, Tim Cooper, Craig Ednie, Brendan Fevola, Scott Oswald and Brandon Symes.  The initial 42 man U19 training squad has also been named and those from Yarrawonga are Brady Pritchard, Jess Koopman, Damon Hemphill, Jack Vodusek and Marcus Hargreaves.  Good luck to all these quality playing fellas!





Round Four 25 April 2015 Anzac Day Clash the Pigeons vs Corowa Rutherglen Roos 

This round marks a very special occasion – the 100 year commemoration of ANZAC.  In light of this special event the YFNC have arranged Heritage jumpers based on the strip worn back in 1914.  On the back of the jumpers is an honour list of the 60 men from Yarrawonga and surrounding communities who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our great country.  Our boys will be wearing this with pride and the jumpers will be auctioned after the games upstairs in the Clubrooms from 7.30pm.

Gates open for our Anzac Day match at 12.00 midday.  Games begin as follows:

Football Reserves 1.00pm, Seniors 3.00pm Thirds 5.30pm

Netball C Grade 1.00pm, B Grade 2.30pm, A Grade 4.00pm and U16 5.30pm.

Light tea will be available upstairs in the Clubrooms in the evening

Members and supporters are welcome to join us.


Round Two 11 April, 2015  the Mighty Pigeons head up to Lavington for a late game.

Yes that’s right, the Seniors will be kicking off at 7.00pm.  Start times across all grades are:

Netball: U16 12.30pm, C Grade 2.00pm, B Grade 3.30pm and A Grade 5.00pm.

Football: U18 3.00pm, Reserves 5.00pm and Seniors 7.00pm.

Get your Pigeon caps, scarves and beanies (available at the office) and head across with us to support all our teams.





Round 1 Easter Game (2)


Round One the Mighty Pigeons against the Wangaratta Rovers 

Let the season begin. The boys have had a great preseason training and are ready to burst into action. Our first round will be held this Sunday at the Mulwala Lonsdale Recreation Reserve with thirds kicking off at 10.00am.  Reserve’s will line up at 12.00pm and the seniors will kick off at 2.10pm.

There will be fundraising for local girl Denique Peace who lost her leg as a result of a boating accident during the summer.  Denique is in the process of having a new prosthesis made and fitted.  This will give her the opportunity to get back to many of the activities that she used to do before the accident.

There will be no parking within the Recreation Reserve this year, so please plan for this when you come.  Alternatively there will be a bus leaving the Yarrawonga Town Hall at 11.00am, 12.00pm and 1.00pm.  Bus will leave after the game for  a Yarrawonga drop off back at the Town Hall or at the YFNC Clubrooms with hot roast beef rolls and a catch up after the game.  Daine Runnalls will entertain us into the evening.

U16 Netball starts at 9.30am, C Grade at 11.00am , B Grade at 12.30pm and A Grade from 2.00pm.

Memberships and merchandise will be available at the gate, canteen and bbq available and the bar will be open at 12.00pm.

Go Pigeons!  See you back at the footy!

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