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Friday Night Footy

Registrations for Friday night junior footy are open and registrations close 31 March.  Go to the registration page by clicking here  and follow the links from member access.  Registrations are $100 or if you are playing in another comp. the cost is $20.  Please email your details to  Any enquires call Karen 0438 433 202.  The season starts Friday 21 April.


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Girls Footy

The inclusion of a YFNC girls footy team into this season’s AFL North East Border Youth Girls Football League has created a lot of interest from girls wanting to play and our supporters keen to follow and watch how the girls go this season.

Recently the Border Mail covered the Pigeon girls team and you can read more here.

If you would like to become involved in any capacity please call Dave Woodburn YFNC Junior Football President on 0459 038 069.

Girls football is here to stay….. Go Pigeons !!!



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Press Release 20.2.17 – Welcome the Pigeons Youth Girls Footy Team!

While Women’s Football has taken centre stage across the media over the past couple of weeks, the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the Pigeons are represented in this season’s AFL North East Border Youth Girls Football League for girls aged 12 to 17.    There was scepticism around the prospect of a girl’s footy team, but when the Club put the call out, the keen interest of over 27 girls proved the doubters wrong.

“There has been over 12 months of work by our Junior Football President Dave Woodburn and Football Services Committee Representative Scott Pendergast to ensure the Pigeon girls get ready to play in 2017”, said President Andrew Mott.  He added, “We are also thrilled to announce that Briana Cossar, past Yarrawonga 200 senior game netballer, 2003 OMFNL A Grade Toni Wilson medallist  and who is involved with the Murray Bushrangers U18 Youth Girls team as Co-coach and Team Manager, along with past U16 player Hayley Durnford have offered their time in a coaching capacity for the inaugural team. With Briana’s existing commitments the YFNC is encouraging anyone wishing to be involved to come forward and assist Briana and Hayley. The team will be looking for coaching assistance, a team manager, trainers and runners to get the girls out on the track.  This is history in the making for the YFNC.”

Briana Cossar is super excited that the Yarrawonga Pigeons have given our local girls an opportunity to pursue a football career ahead of other OMFNL Club who haven’t.  “When I was younger I would have loved to play footy”, the talented netballer said, “but the opportunity wasn’t available and with the popularity and now a pathway into Women’s AFL, I was keen to be a part of that so I chose to pursue a voluntary role with the Murray Bushrangers Youth Girls team, which has also led to Vic Country Championship support”.  “To see a Yarrawonga team is sensational and I’d like all the OMFNL Clubs to think about following the same lead”.

Briana is looking forward to working with the girls.  While some girls are keen to improve their own abilities, Briana said they have the enthusiasm, really good skills and plenty of potential.  But it’s not all about winning or losing footy, she is keen to help these girls develop as players, improve their own life skills and becoming more confident girls in themselves while making new friends.  “With the networks now available, I’d also like to be a part of helping those girls who may wish to make a footy career be recognised to set them on a pathway of achieving that goal.  There’s a lot of good work going on behind the scenes to expand the growth of Women’s footy in the region.  These are very exciting times.”   Briana can’t be any happier with local recruit Elise Freeman coming back to Yarrawonga to play, “Having been playing for some time and Elise’s experience with the Murray Bushrangers, will see her a great role model for the new girls.”

The Pigeons will be playing against Lavington Panthers, Wodonga Raiders, Alpine Lions, Murray Felines and fellow new comers to the competition Thurgoona Bulldogs.  The team consists of girls not only from Yarrawonga, but Tungamah, Mulwala, Wilby, Cobram and Rennie.  The Club also welcomes local girl Elise Freeman to the team and will be the Pigeons gun recruit having played for Alpine Lions and a representative of the Murray Bushrangers U18 Youth Girls TAC Squad.   This if the first time for many to play competition footy, many who have wanted to play for a long time and the YFNC can’t wait to see the girls run out for their very first game.

The season, which will be played mainly on Sundays, will kick off on Sunday 2 April when the Pigeons head across to take on the Lavington Panthers.  Start times to be advised when confirmed.   Please follow the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club facebook page for details closer to the start of the competition.

For more information about playing or becoming involved please call Dave Woodburn 0459 038 069.  Younger girls are also encouraged to get involved in our Friday night Junior Footy, call 03 5744 3896 for details. – End



Preseason Matches 

The Football Club have locked in the following dates for pre season matches:

Sat 4 March vs Lavington

Sat 11 March vs Therry Penola for the Ricky Bannister Cup Fundraising Match.

Sat 18 March vs Melton South

All games will start around lunchtime with Seniors and possibly Thirds playing.  For more info on the Ricky Bannister Cup please check out the event in the event calendar for 11 March.



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The Late Caliv Martin 

The YFNC are saddened to hear of the passing of 1959 player Caliv Martin.

Cale, as he was known, was an instrumental part of the team that made it and won the first premiership in the O&M for the Pigeons that year. Unfortunately Cale sustained an ankle injury during the last training session before the GF and omitted himself from the game ensuring the fittest team took to the field. As quoted by Audrey Duncan in her piece The Day We Brought the Flag Home…. “This game had many heroes, but to me the greatest on the day, was big Cale who told his skipper he wasn’t fit to play”….

Our sympathy to Cale’s family.
RIP Caliv Martin… an admirable champion.

Cavil Martin


Caliv Martin running out for his 100th game with the Yarrawonga Pigeons.







Life Memberships awarded at the Belmores 2016 YFNC Presentation Night 

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Ray Humphreys and Vicky Long were both awarded YFNC Life Membership for their outstanding volunteer contribution they have collectively made over the past 34 years.

Life Membership is awarded in recognition for outstanding service to the club as deemed worthy by the Committee of Management,  and includes 200 + senior and A Grade games, 300 Club games, dual premiership player, premiership coach Senior and A Grade, 300 games as a volunteer official or 300 combined games played and as a voluntary official and in addition at least 10 years active service with up to two recipients per year to be awarded this esteemed award. For the full Life Membership policy please click here.

Ray Humphreys was nominated by a current member of the Club due to his service to the YFNC.  Ray commenced his duties as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Yarrawonga Past Players and supporters group 24 years ago.  He is a crucial link in setting up the gate at home games, starting around 7am, organising and rostering of gate keepers, responsible for gate takings and arranges raffle prizes.  He is the coordinator of meetings, minute taker, editor and distributor of the Past Players regular newsletters.  Ray has collected and recorded the Past Players history over this time.   Need anything done just ask Ray who will encourage the Past Players team to assist for the love of the YFNC.  Ray was ticked pink to receive this award but humbled all the same.  Safe to say he’s a pretty keen Pigeon supporter.

In addition Vicky Long was also awarded Life Membership.

Vicky was also nominated by a current member of the Club.  Vicky started at the Club in 2005 in an administration role and has continued to be a significant contributor to the ongoing success and running of netball at our Club.  Her role includes Registrations officer, O&M netball league delegate member, Netball Club Secretary and minute taker, submitter of online scoresheets and game statistics at each round for all four grades, collation of Club records including matches played and milestones, and management of and collection of weekly netball awards.    Vicky is certainly appreciated by the netball crew as here game day tasks are particularly something no one else wishes to do!


Belmores 2016 YFNC Presentation Night 

After such a successful season it was no surprise the Belmores 2016 YFNC Presentation Night was going to be a night of celebration and for some surprises.

Logan Morey, with a total of 69 votes, is this years CT Runnalls Memorial Best and Fairest Medallist and the youngest to have received it.  Morey, recruited from Cobram three years ago, is dedicated to his footy. With university commitments in Geelong, he has been travelling up to play this year and he is committed to playing good football and feels comfortable playing in a community focused family Club.  Logan’s had work and dedication paid off.

Tracy Gillies one of this years OMFNL Hall of Fame inductees was present and spoke with regard to receiving her prestigious award. During the year and before the Hall of Fame inductions, the YFNC Committee of Management received a recommendation to honour Tracy for her achievements since coming to the YFNC mid season 1995.  There was no hesitation for the Committee to pass that from this year forward the A Grade netball Best and Fairest medal would be called the Tracy Gillies Best and Fairest Medial in recognition of Tracy’s achievements.  Tracy was humbled and lost for words from such an honour.  This years winner Laura Bourke was very priveliged to receive the award.

Other football award winners:


  • Best and Fairest Runner Up Tom Walliss 66 votes, third place Xavier Leslie 63 votes, fourth place Nick Lawless 59 votes and fifth place Matt Gorman,
  • Best Player in Finals Matt Gorman,
  • Best First Year Player Brayden Coburn,
  • Belmores Best Utility Player Bodhi Butts, and
  • Jammi Smyth award Bronson Schofield.


  • John Patrick Brooks Reserves Best and Fairest Ross Mulquiney with 87 votes,
  • Best and Fairest Runner Up Matt Grinter with 81 votes, third place Douglas Arnold 58 votes, fourth place Jack Vodusek 54 votes and fifth place to Travis Hargreaves 48 votes,
  • Most Improved Dave O’Dwyer, and
  • Belmores Best in Finals Travis Hargreaves.


  • Best and Fairest James Irvine 104 votes,
  • Best and Fairest Runner Up Harrison Crossley 76 votes, third place Ryan Bruce 67 votes (6 in senior games), fourth place Matt Casey 64 votes and fifth place Jordan Urquhart 62 votes,
  • Best in Finals Jordan Urquhart,
  • Rising Star Matt Casey,
  • Belmores Coaches Award Ronan Pritchard,
  • Pascoe Ellis Award (best team player) Darcy Norman,
  • Stiles Award (most determined) Trent Williams.

For Senior vote count results click here, for Reserves results click here and for Thirds results click here.

Netball award winners:

A Grade:

  • Tracy Gillies Best and Fairest Medallist 2016 Laura Bourke,
  • Runner Up Best and Fairest and Best in Finals Hannah Symes
  • Belmores Coaches Award Abbey Jones

B Grade:

  • Best and Fairest Caitlin O’Dwyer,
  • Best and Fairest Runner Up Casey Barnes,
  • Best in Finals Lauren Mulquiney, and
  • Belmores Coaches Award Ellie Dickins.

C Grade:

  • Best and Fairest Clare O’Sullivan,
  • Best and Fairest Runner Up Sharnie Wallden,
  • Best in Finals Stef Clarke, and
  • Belmores Coaches Award Amy Nunn.


  • Best and Fairest Abbie Barnes,
  • Best and Fairest Runner Up Laura Zanin, and
  • Belmores Coaches Award Tilly Kennedy.

Mint Boutique awards as judged by the opposition coach:

A Grade – Hannah Symes, Bridget Cassar and Holly Milner

B Grade – Tessa Willett

C Grade – Emma Soutter





Grand Final weekend. 

Game times for the big ones tomorrow at the Lavington Sports Ground:
Thirds vs Wangaratta at 9.00am
Reserves vs Albury at 11.30am
B Grade vs Nth Albury at 12.15pm
A Grade vs Lavington at 2.00pm
We hope you can get across for all the action. #gopigeons #season2016finale #goyarra

Goodluck to all the players, team members, coaches and coaching support staff!


Week Two First and Second Semi Finals – Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September

The Pigeons have six teams competing this weekend for week two of the final series.   It’s “do or die” for those heading into the first semi final on Sunday at Corowa.  As a Club we’re pretty proud to see these teams get this far, so let’s get behind them and support them all the way through…. Go Pigeons!

Please note tomorrow’s second semi final games at Birallee Park Wodonga:
Thirds play Lavington at 9.30am
Reserves play Albury at 11.45am
A Grade netball play Lavington at 2.00pm

Sunday’s first semi final games at =John Foord Oval Corowa: 
C Grade play Wodonga Raiders at 11.00am
B Grade vs Lavington at 12.30pm
Seniors vs Wodonga Raiders at 2.00pm

Bring your loudest cheering voice and wear your blue and white, we’ll see you over the weekend. Drive safe.

Go Pigeons!!


The “Duke Cup” Golf Day  

Sunday 24 July saw the roll out of the inaugural Duke Cup Golf Day in honour of Les “The Duke” Garbutt.  Les a freelance photography who contracts to the Yarrawonga Chronicle has been honoured with this the title of the annual event in recognition of the support he offers the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club; in fact to many sporting organisations across Yarrawonga/Mulwala and surrounds.

It was a cold, windy and slightly rainy day but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those who participated.    The event was held at the Black Bull Golf Course which now boasts 18 exquisitely landscaped holes, all designed to test players of all levels.  20 teams entered and whilst there were a number of competitive players playing, there were many who just had fun.  The event is a four per team Ambrose event and  Frank Warren, Glenn Brear, Sean Driscoll (Yarrawonga Holiday Park) and Andrew Beggs were the winning team on the day with 52.25 points.   Here they are, along with a couple of other snaps courtesy of Les “The Duke” Garbutt.


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Tracy Gillies the second netballer to be inducted into the OMFNL Hall of Fame 

What a proud moment it was for Tracy Gillies one of six champions to be inducted into the 2016 Ovens and Murray Football Netball Leagues Hall of Fame last night.

Tracy was a driving force behind laying the foundations for the success of netball at the YFNC after coming to the Club mid-way of season 1995.   During her acceptance speech Tracy thanked Vicki Ramsdale, Kerry Hargreaves and Cheryl Runnalls, stating,  “who without, it may have been unlikely the netball side of the club may not have got off the ground”.

Funnily enough, Tracy didn’t ever consider herself to be a player of great talent or ability, however she is fiercely competitive, extremely loyal and if you ever challenge her on not being able to do anything, she’ll work hard at proving you wrong.  It was this quality that formed the backbone of her aim to  make the Yarrawonga Netball Club the revered and respected netball club that it is today and boy did she lay down the foundations.

Tracy thanked Loretta Casey her reliable sound board and fabulous support over the years along with Bert and Kay Tait for their contribution to the netball club and particularly the personal support they continually gave Tracy. She also thanked all the girls she has played with and coached, all of whom she is extremely proud, and particularly of what these girls have continued to achieve.

Tracy went on to say she appreciated being bestowed such an honour and is very proud of the way the OMFNL have improved the reputation of netball since its inception.

In closing Tracy said, “A lot of people think Fev was the greatest thing that happened to the YFNC, but I think “netball” was!”

Nevertheless, the YFNC members and supporters are very proud that Tracy has been added to the OMFNL Hall of Fame greats!

Here’s a little snippet of her sensational career

Tracy Gillies profile pic

Hall of Fame pic









New Windsock

The YFNC thanks the team at Response Learning for the sponsorship of a new windsock.  No excuse for missed goals now!!  Thanks Response it looks great.










The Late Terry Keenan 

We have lost another great past player and supporter this week, Terry Keenan. Terry has been a member of the Past Players group since it’s inception. Always putting his hand up and willing to help out with anything. He was the “Mr. Reliable” to the group and spent many hours saying g’day to our members and supporters at the gate for home games. Here is an image of the 1961 Reserves team including Terry standing tall in the second back row, sixth from the left.

Terry Keenan



Our sympathy to Adele and their extended families.

Terry’s funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Monday at 11.00am.




The Late John Grant 

We learnt today of the passing of John Grant who we believe until now has been our oldest Pigeon past player. Many would know John who was a partner in the Grant & Wilson Flour Mill located in Sharp Street many years ago. Here is a photo of the 1940 Grand Final team who were defeated by Albury, the Pigeons also lost the 1939 Grand Final to Wangaratta. John is the last (right) in the middle row.

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Here’s part of the history book from 1940.

“1940 was destined to be the last season until the end of WWII. Mr GC Cundy continued his reign as YFC President, yet the threat of war made it difficult to justify running a sporting club. Most clubs found it difficult to continue and after the completion of ten rounds of home and away games the O&M decided that the season be curtailed at that point and the final series would begin. Yarrawonga were 5 wins 5 losses at this point and 3rd on the ladder. Following a 22 point win over Wangaratta in the 1st Semi Final and a 30 point win over Wodonga in the Prelim Final, the team was set to meet Albury at Rutherglen in another chance to create Club history. Yet once again there was a falter at the final hurdle.

Final scores Albury 13.14 92 to Yarrawonga 10.16 76.
Goals: R Skinner 4, W Whyte 2, N Skinner, L Aarons, K Ryan & A Ridley. Best: A Ridley, S Hicks, L Aarons, J Grant and R Skinner.”

Our sympathy to the extended Grant families.

Ken Pascoe Ellis 

We learnt today of the passing of John Grant who we believe until now has been our oldest Pigeon past player. Many would know John who was a partner in the Grant & Wilson Flour Mill located in Sharp Street many years ago. Here is a photo of the 1940 Grand Final team who were defeated by Albury, the Pigeons also lost the 1939 Grand Final to Wangaratta. John is the last (right) in the middle row.

Here’s part of the history book from 1940.
“1940 was destined to be the last season until the end of WWII. Mr GC Cundy continued his reign as YFC President, yet the threat of war made it difficult to justify running a sporting club. Most clubs found it difficult to continue and after the completion of ten rounds of home and away games the O&M decided that the season be curtailed at that point and the final series would begin. Yarrawonga were 5 wins 5 losses at this point and 3rd on the ladder. Following a 22 point win over Wangaratta in the 1st Semi Final and a 30 point win over Wodonga in the Prelim Final, the team was set to meet Albury at Rutherglen in another chance to create Club history. Yet once again there was a falter at the final hurdle.
Final scores Albury 13.14 92 to Yarrawonga 10.16 76.
Goals: R Skinner 4, W Whyte 2, N Skinner, L Aarons, K Ryan & A Ridley. Best: A Ridley, S Hicks, L Aarons, J Grant and R Skinner.”

Our sympathy to the extended Grant families.

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The Club are saddened at the passing of Ken “Pascoe” Ellis.

Pascoe is the Clubs record holder of 265 senior games, a 1959 Premiership Player, Life Member of the YFNC, O&M Representative and founding member of the Godfathers and YFNC Past Player group.  He played in his early days for Aberfeldie Football Club, part of the Essendon District Football League before his seasons with the Pigeons.   Ken finished with the YFNC in 1967 before following brother in law Frank Seymour, then coach of Mulwala FNC and was part of the back to back premiership teams of 1968 and 1969.  Pascoe was also inducted into the O&M Hall of Fame on 15 July, 2009.   Our deepest sympathy to wife Marg and their extended family.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday 18 May at 2.00pm at the Sacred Heart Church Witt Street Yarrawonga.  The funeral will leave the church at the conclusion of the service for the Yarrawonga Cemetery.  He will be fondly remembered later at the YFNC Clubrooms.  03 5744 3896 for any enquiries in relation to the wake.

RIP Pascoe we will miss you around the Club.

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What’s On

Save the date Saturday 4 June for the 2016 YFNC Annual Ball.   The Ball will be held at ClubMulwala from 7.00pm.  Tickets are $50 per head (or if you book a table of 10 only $45 per head)  Tickets include a selection of hot and cold canapes on arrival and a main meal being parmesan and pine nut crusted rack of lamb alternating with cream cheese and smokey bacon stuffed chicken wrapped in pastry.   Yum!!  Live entertainment is also included by five piece band Junk Male so wear your dancing shoes!

Tickets need to be booked by 28 May and are now available through the office at 3 Witt Street, Yarrawonga or call 03 5744 3896.  Come and join the players, their families, members and sponsors for this celebrated event.

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Round 5 Anzac Day vs Corowa Sunday 24 April 2016

Anzac Day weekend is becoming a Yarra Pigeons and Corowa Roos game of tradition in conjunction with Anzac Day.

This year being held at the John Foord Oval in Corowa there has been some additions for this round.  The day will start with the U14 from 8.30am followed by normal start times for U18 10.00am, Reserves 12 noon, Seniors 2.10pm and followed by the U16 at the conclusion of the senior game.  U12 will be held at Ball Park Oval.   Half time entertainment will be provided with our little Auskickers coming out onto the field at 1/2 time of the seniors for a display match.  Netball start times remain unchanged.

In keeping with tradition, returned service men and women will be given free entry upon presentation of the Full Returned Service League membership or state equivalent card, (not to be confused with our local Club or affiliate card).  An example of the RSL card is below.

RSL member card



Always a special occasion on the Australian calendar.  Lest We Forget.





Seasons Greetings 

The YFNC extends warm seasons greetings to our members, sponsors, volunteers and players.  The YFNC office will be closed  Christmas Eve reopening Wednesday 13 January 2016.  Please stay safe, enjoy your break and see you in 2016.

Committee of Management – YFNC


Annual General Meeting Season 2015 

The YFNC Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 17 December 2016 at the YFNC Clubrooms.   The Clubs sponsors, members and volunteers were all sincerely thanked for their contribution over the 2015 Season. The season was a very positive one and the Committee of Management are keen to continue this into next year.

The Season 2016 Committee of Management  duly elected are: Andrew Mott (Pres), Scott Jaques (Vice Pres/Sec), Sarah Conway (Treas), Julie-Anne Clarke (Corp Gov), Scott Pendergast (Football Services), Jannette Duncan (Trainers/Player Welfare), Nick Byrne and Rebecca McKee. Subcommittee reps Bridget Cassar (Netball Services), John Shorten (Grants), Rob Lorey (Maintenance/facilities), Craig Ednie (Social Club), and Russell Welsh (Bar). There are still a couple of subcommittee roles to fill – Canteen and Volunteers.


Annual reports are available from the office for anyone unable to attend.

Go Pigeons!!




2016 Season Events

Won’t be belong before our season is underway but in the meantime mark these dates in your calendar:
26.2.16 Season Launch and Golf Day
12.3.16 Ricky Bannister Fundraising Match (practice match vs Therry Penola FC)
25.3.16 Good Friday Fish and Chips
27.3.16 Easter Clash
1.10.16 Last Man Standing
7.10.16 2016 Presentation Night
9.10.16 Volunteers Day
30.10.16 Sheep Races and Goods and Services Auction

For any enquiries in relation to these events, please don’t hesitate to contact this office.

Pre Season Training

Pre-season training is underway with a strong field turning up at the first session. Sessions will be held at the Grove oval every Tuesday and Thursday until Tuesday 8 December with maintenance work being conducted on the oval up until Christmas. From 8 December alternative locations for training will be used, contact Co-Coach Drew Barnes 0438 987 945 for details or go to our facebook page Yarrawonga Football Netball Club and follow the updates.

Training first session

2016 Season Coaches have been announced

The Committee of Management are very pleased to announce Chris Kennedy is returning to the Pigeon Coop as Co-Coach with Drew Barnes for the 2016 Season. Kennedy replaces Brendan Fevola who has left the Club after four seasons to join Deer Park in the Western Region Football League.  After a year away from coaching Kennedy would like to see the footy club step up to the plate again.  He is also hoping to persuade five time best and fairest winner Craig Ednie to commit to the club for another season.  His main emphasis will be building good people around the club and will be targeting ex-premiership players.  “The club’s been up for so long, I want to work really hard to keep it up there in the top bracket,” he said.

Chris and YFNC President Andrew Mott caught up in the recently developed Footy House located in Silverwoods and soon to be listed for sale.

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Grand Final Fever 27 September 2015 

Yes that’s right and the netball girls are ready for the action.

Grand Final times for the games at Lavington Sports Ground are as follows:

B Grade vs North Albury  at 12.15pm

A Grade vs Wodonga at 2.00pm.

Get your blue and white on and head up to support our girls.  Good luck to both the teams.  There will be celebrations back at the Clubrooms Sunday night from around 6.30pm.

In the meantime show your support for the girls and head on up to the Clubrooms this Thursday night for tea.

Looking forward to some exceptional netball.  Go girls!  Go Pigeons!


Preliminary Finals

It’s closer than you think! Yep one more game till the big one!

The squad has been selected for this weekends game against Lavington at Martin Park Wodonga (Wodonga Bulldogs home ground), and we’re pumped!  It’s going to be a great game of footy.  The B Grade girls will be having a rest now they are straight into the grand final and A Grade are ready to take on Albury to secure their spot.  Get your blue and white on and head up to Wodonga and cheer as loudly as you can.  The spectator support last Sunday was sensational – proud Pigeon supporters!!

Allow time for parking or why not even carpool!  Parking options are:

1. Inside Martin Park – John Flower Oval via Vermont Street only.
2. Inside Martin Park – Les Cheesley Oval via Gordon Street only.
3. Parkland at north east Corner of Martin Park. Vehicle access via Vermont Street.
4. Street parking north of Martin Park (Including Charles & William Streets).
5. Street parking east of Martin Park (Including Gordon, Chenery, Griffith & Mark Streets and Beechworth Road.
6. Street parking south of Martin Park (Including Lawry, Margaret, Gilbert & Pearce Streets).

Start times for Sunday are A Grade netball 2.00pm and senior footy 2.15pm. 

Planning on heading up if you don’t live in Yarra, then call Yarrawonga Holiday Park?  They are offering 15% off cabins until 30 September to YFNC members.  Give them a call 03 5744 3420.  (2 night min stay). Come and watch the game and enjoy our sensational weather. 

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday. 


First and Second Semi Final games this weekend

Saturday at Birallee Park, Wodonga 

  • First semi final – U18 football play Albury 9.30am
  • Second semi final – B Grade netball play North Albury at 12.30pm
  • Second semi final – A Grade netball play Wodonga at 2.00pm

Sunday at WJ Findlay Oval, Wangaratta

  • First semi final Seniors play Wodonga Raiders at 2.15pm

The YFNC wishes all our teams the best of luck!! #gopigeons



It’s finals time

Games this weekend:

Saturday 5 September B Grade netball play their qualifying final at 12.30pm against Lavington at Bunton Park, Nth Albury.

Sunday 6 September U18 and Seniors both play their elimination final at Norm Minns Oval, Wangaratta.  Both teams are playing Nth Albury; U18’s at 9.30am and Seniors at 2.15pm.




AWJFL U16 Shield Grand Final

Victory to the Pigeons.   Well done boys, the U16s bring another Cup to the Coop!

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Goal Kickers: R. Bruce 6, N. Mullins 3, I. McMillan 2, C. Magher 2, J. Jordon 2, M. Lonergan 2, D. Norman, R. Pritchard

Best Players: R. Bruce, I. McMillan, D. Norman, R. Pritchard, M. Lonergan, N. Mullins,

In a day made for football at the sun bathed Lavington Sports Club Oval the 2015 Yarrawonga U16 Pigeons showed their class with a comprehensive victory. This young group at its core has worked hard all season and deserved their success. The premiership squad was:

Mitch Adkins – has made the small defender role his own. Mitch not only controlled his opponent but ran hard and used the ball well. Dual U16 Premiership player.

Clay Woodward – one of the best and most reliable defenders in the league. His tackle on the outer side most likely still has his opponent sore. Dual U16 Premiership player.

Harrison Meade – an U14 player who has regularly stepped up during the year. Held down the important 3rd tall defender role, attacked and used the ball well.

Beau Zanin – injury interrupted season but continued to push through and contribute for the team all year and will be a valuable addition for the 3rdXVIII in 2016. Dual U16 Premiership player.

Matt Holgate – interrupted season but his accountability and willingness to listen and take on feedback saw him improve throughout the year.

Isaac McMillan – sees the game unfold quicker than most and has time ball in hand and uses it to the teams best advantage. One of the sides very best and one of the most exciting players in the league. Unlucky not to win the best on ground medal.

Luke Dutton – came across from Wahgunyah to assist the side due a lack of numbers (through injuries and the like) and fitted like a glove. Hope to see the left footer in the hoops in 2016.

Tana Freeman (Co-Captain) – a strong wingmans game. Plenty of dash, run and carry complemented by the courage to back into packs and take the game on. Dual U16 Premiership player.

James Jordan – produced an excellent season. His capacity to go forward and play a key role for the side as well spend time in the midfield was outstanding (could have finished with 4 goals). Dual U16 Premiership player.

Macauley Lonergan – controlled his wing, ran hard, tackled, stayed in the contest: his stronger defensive game was a real stand out and of course such was accompanied by the league B&F runner ups trademark run and dash.

Cam Maher – strong willed half forwards performance. Some clutch tackles and good goals. Will be an excellent addition to the 3rdXVIII in 2016. Dual U16 Premiership player.

Ned Mullins – in front all day and held down the hardest position on the ground as an underage player. Possesses some special qualities that makes football the sport it is: courageous, selfless and has a genuine desire to hunt the tackle. A well-deserved player of the finals series.

Brock McCabe – a strong performance and his tackle pressure along with his partners in crime across half forward terrorised Wodonga’s backs. A player who can play back, forward or mid: a genuine match winner in the making.

Will Woodburn – saved one of his better games of the year for the big stage. Used the ball well and a number of first possession balls and quick hands saw the team get on a roll.

Troy Bryce – competed as the change ruckman against quality opponents and added to the defensive pressure of the forwards playing his role. Was unlucky as but for the fat Lavington posts would have finished his excellent year with a couple of goals.

Sam Willett – another U14 player who has stepped up all year (but more importantly deserved his place in the side). His improvement in the last two months has been outstanding with his attack on the ball and his tackling in the big dance a sight to behold.

Jake Willett – outsized in the ruck, Jake continually put his body on the line to make a contest and drag his side into the clearances contest. He should enjoy a well-earned break after winning a premiership with his younger brother (Sam)! Dual U16 Premiership player.

Darcy Norman (Co-Captain) – saved his most complete game for the Grand Final. His higher work rate saw him lift his possession count toward the magic 30 mark. But it was his trademark poise and neat skills that made those possessions count and so valuable. An excellent contributor and leader and future Pigeon star. Dual U16 Premiership player.

Ronan Pritchard (Co-Captain) – another excellent final. Strong hands and attack on the ball. Ran hard and competed well. Still an active part of the YFNC as member of 3rdXVIII 2016 finals squad which takes on North Albury at Wangaratta on Sunday. Dual U16 Premiership player.

Ryan Bruce – one of the most exciting talents since Craig Ednie. Not only a dual U16 Premiership player but also a dual U16 Best on Ground Medallist. Finished with 6 goals again could have easily been 8. Tackled hard and ran his opponents into the ground.

Unfortunately on the day Hayden Cartwright and Bailey Frauenfelder were not available but they were important parts of this squad. A mention to the training staff that assisted through the year, Mr Bruce, Mr Zanin and Mr McMillan for your umpiring and training and also Premiership Team Manager Barry Norman.

Lastly, but not least, a special mention must be made of the outstanding contribution both Chris and Julie Pritchard have made to not only Junior Football, but junior sport in the community. Much of it behind the scenes and unthanked but their commitment and dedication is what creates success and an excellent environment for young sportspeople.

U16 Premiership win Ross Mulquiney and Ronan Pritchard

U16 Premiership side













Albury Wodonga Junior Football League 2015 Season Best and Fairest

Great result llast night at the Albury Wodonga Junior Football League Best and Fairest count. Congratulations Zac Banch Runner Up U12 B&F. Ben Woodburn and Ned Pendergast equal third. Congratulations also to Ryan Bruce and Macauley Lonergan equal Runner Up U16. Keep an eye on these guys over the coming seasons – some of our future Pigeon champions. Well done fellas!!!

Zac Banch U12 AWJFL runner up.

Ryan Bruce and Macauley Lonergan equal runner up U16 AWJFL



NE Life 

Did you know NE Life offer 20% off any initial physiotherapy treatment along with 10% off stock purchases for our YFNC members upon presentation of this seasons member card. Just another benefit of being a YFNC member.  #supportingthosesponsorswhosupportus

NE Life Reach your potential


AWJFL Football Finals

First games of the AWJFL footy finals begins this Sunday and we are playing in Corowa at the John Foord Oval.  Our U12 team will be playing Lavington at 9.00am and U16 playing Wodonga White at 1.00pm.  Hope to see as many supporters as possible cheering for the Pigeons. Entry fee to the games Adults $8, Pensioners $3 and kids 16 and under free.  Entry fees go to the Albury Wodonga Junior Football League who run this great competition for the kids.



Junior Football and Netball Award Presentations

On Sunday 9 August  the Yarrawonga AWJFL teams played their last games of the home & away rounds for 12015.  This was followed by the  Best & Fairest vote count and presentation afternoon. Losses to the U12 & U16 sides soured the day but a great win to finish off the season for the U14 was well received.

The U12 side celebrated a strong season that will see them compete in finals. Coach Dave Woodburn is proud with how well his charges have improved throughout the season and is confident they can perform well in the finals. The U12 Best & Fairest award went to Ned Pendergast who has stood tall for the side all season.  Runner-up went to Ben Woodburn and third to Fletcher Waldon. Dave’s Coaches award went to Sam Hemphill, Most Improved award  to Hudson Gillies and Best Lower Age Player was Zac Fraser. Here are the boys with their awards:

U12 Award winners 2015


The U14 side finished on a high with a win on Sunday.  The boys have been against high quality opposition all year having been placed this season in Division 1.  However, Coach Rod Willett is pleased with the boys’ efforts this season. The U14 Best and Fairest award went to Sam Mickelson, who along with Runner–up Harrison Meade, have been the backbone of the U14 side. Jordyn Studd had a great year and finished third. Rod’s Coaches Award went to Joshua Spain, Most Improved award to Thomas Hicks and Jackson Meade was named Best Lower Age Player.



The U16 side were disappointed losing their last season game,  but will still play off in the Division 2 finals. Coach Ross Mulquiney has done wonders with the boys this season and their improvement has been amazing. The U16 Best & Fairest award has been named in honour of Bill Young who passed away earlier this year. Bill was crucial to the development of the Albury Wodonga Junior Football League and its implementation  in Yarrawonga. The winner of the Bill Young Memorial Best & Fairest award  for  U16 was Ryan Bruce. Ryan has had a brilliant season that will surely see him play football at a higher level in the not too distant future. Runner-up was Macauley Lonergan whose speed and agility has seen him stand out this season. Ronan Pritchard capped off a solid season coming in third. Ross’s Coaches award went to Darcy Norman, Most Improved award  to James Jordon and Best Lower Age Player went to Brock McCabe.


Selection of Junior footy award recipients 2015


From left to right:  Hudson Gillies, Sam Hemphill, Zac Fraser, Darcy Norman, James Jordan, Brock McCabe, Thomas Hicks, Joshua Spain and Jackson Meade.










This year saw an increase in Pigeon teams from two to five in the Wangaratta  Netball Competition.  This has seen an opportunity for more girls to develop their netball skills.  Thank you to Jo Leonard, Lauren Mulquiney, Katrina Kennedy and Tracey Byrne for coaching the girls.  A first this year saw  the U14 teams receive awards for their participation.  Award winner are:

  • Premier A team:
    • Most Valuable Player – Indianna Frauenfelder
    • Coaches Award – Eliza York
  • Premier B team:
    • Most Valuable Player – Tiffany Thomas
    • Coaches Award – Sarah Ryan
  • Section 1 team
    • Most Valuable Player – Jorja Goldman
    • Coaches Award – Issie Ridley

Thank you to all the coaches and support crew and well done to all the players for seeing out the season.





Friday Night Football Grand Finals 

The format for Friday night Auskick and Little League grand finals is as follows:

Friday night 7 August U12 Grand Final.  This is a result of the U12 being involved in football finals on Sunday 16 August. This same night it will be Auskick, U8 and U10 Friday night round as usual.

Friday 14 August – NO PLAY 

Grand Final Sunday 16 August

  • 10am Auskick
  • 11am U 8
  • 12noon U10


Photos will be distributed at the completion of all grand finals.

Everyone is welcome to come down and enjoy the day with our young guns!!.



Yarrawonga Junior Football and Junior Netball Presentation Afternoon

Everyone is welcome to attend the Junior Footy (Sunday AWJFL teams) and Junior Netball Presentation Afternoon this Sunday from 1.00pm down at the Clubrooms. Format includes:

1.00pm  Clubroom and bar open

2.00pm Vote count commences.  Gold coin donation for afternoon tea catering.

Football Presentations include: 

  • Best and Fairest
  • Runner up B&F
  • Third B&F
  • Most improved
  • Coaches award
  • Best bottom age player

Netball Presentation include: 

  • Most valuable player (U14)
  • Coaches award (U14)

Please come along and support our young footballers prior who are playing down at the Grove from 10am.  (U12 at 10am, U16 at 11am our U14 are playing at Corowa at 11am. )

For any queries please call Chris Pritchard 0438 441 930 or Lauren Mulquiney 0400 227 246.



This weeks canteen volunteer roster here as a reminder.  If your name is on the list but but you can’t make it, please find a replacement. Non attendance puts pressure on those who do turn up and those we appreciate enormously.   Thank you in advance.

Canteen roster 25 July













ATF Fencing YFNC 2015 Sportsman’s Night 

The YFNC have secured Richmond Football Club greats Dustin Martin, Chris Newman and Jake King to be guest speakers at this years ATF Fencing YFNC Sportsman’s Night.  These players are and have been outstanding for the Richmond Football Club.   Des Dowling one of Australia’s most versatile stand up comedy performers, will also head up front stage to give us some laughs.

Tickets are only $45 per person and include finger food and the entertainment.  The evening starts at 7.30pm upstairs in the Clubroom on Saturday 1 August.  However the guest speakers are happy to head downstairs from 7.00pm to meet their young and maybe not so young fans for a quick chat and autographs.

2015 Sportsman's Night poster (2)


Tickets are available from the YFNC office located at 3 Witt or by calling 5744 3896.













Ovens and Murray Football Netball League 2015 Hall of Fame 

Former Yarrawonga Football Netball Club coach, life member and former Footscray player Noel Long was inducted into the Ovens and Murray Football League Hall of Fame on Wednesday July 8.  Accompanied by his wife Barb and three of his four children Tim, Jeff and Carroll-ann, Noel was presented with a beautiful plaque and was extremely proud of this recognition.

Noel played 192 senior games with Yarrawonga from 1963 – 1974.  After retiring from football at the end of the 1974 season Noel then became involved as a volunteer for the Club and then in 1979 was appointed as senior coach until 1981.  In 1982 he was appointed as coach the OMFNL senior side.

Noel now makes number four of Yarrawonga past players to be inducted in the the OMFNL Hall of Fame along with Neil Davis, John Brunner and Pasoe Ellis.

Noel Long Hall of Fame









Round 12 vs Wodonga 

The Pigeons are back at the JC Lowe Oval this weekend to take on the Wodonga Bulldogs.  We’ve ordered sunshine, so it will be a great day !

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Ladies Day 4 July Round 12 vs Wodonga 

Ladies you are welcome to this years Ladies Day details as follows:


Round 11 vs Lavington 

Congratulations to Jackie Flanagan who plays her 50th senior games with the Pigeons on Saturday.  Jackie Flanagan is deceptive and tenacious across the court, is an excellent team player, two times A Grade premiership player for the Pigeons, represented the Southern Sports Academy and won a premiership with the London Wild Kittens.  Off the court she is a great Club person,  good all-rounder and has an effervescent personality that everyone loves.  Good on you Jackie!



Round 9 vs Wodonga Raiders 

Congratulations to Abbey Jones who played her 50th game for the Pigeons against Wodonga Raiders last Saturday. Abbey recruited from Tungamah has an impressive record which includes:

  • 2011 Tungamah FNC Best and Fairest,
  • Picola League representative player and 2011 Under 15 Best and Fairest award winner,
  • 2013-2014 OMFNL representative player,
  • 2012-2014 State Title representative player,
  • 2014 State Title winner,
  • 2012 NAK Award winner,
  • OMFNL Rising Star nomination 2014, and
  • YFNC A Grade premiership player 2014.

Not a bad effort for someone only 17 and now doing her VCE. The Pigeons look forward to a long association with Abbey.




Round 9 Vs Wodonga Raiders Saturday 13 June 2015 

Round 9 vs Wodonga Raiders - Copy















YFNC are saddened to hear of the passing of Bill “Shakey Bill” Oates. He was a great Club volunteer and an all round “good bloke” RIP Shakey Bill.



Team App

Yarrawonga Pigeons now has their own smartphone app.  It’ll keep you up to date with your favourite teams news, events, ladders and much more.

To get the full features of your teams app you need to download Team App onto your smartphone.  Download Team App at  It’s 100% free.

Launch Team App and search for Yarrawonga Pigeons then:

1. Sign-up to Team App.  You’ll be sent an email to confirm your registration.

2. Search for Yarrawonga Pigeons and request access to the group(s) that apply to you.

If you don have a smartphone, send a request to and you can be added manually and you’ll receive email notifications.


Team App web

Team App with menu web