Pigeons Youth Girls Team

Still  Number One on the Ladder

Yarrawonga Youth Girls Team continues to defy all expectations with Sunday’s match no exception. This week’s game, round seven  against Alpine Lions was always going to be a danger one for Yarrawonga Pigeons, The Lions are the only team to date to beat our girls and they certainly came to play. Yarrawonga stepped up to the task and ran out winners at the end of the day 6-12-48 to Alpine Lions 2-3-15.

It was a hard fought start to the match with both teams tackling hard and fighting for an early advantage. Despite having a large amount of play in their forward line, the defence of the Lions made scoring hard for our girls. Some good tackling and follow up by Evita Williams in the forward line and Yarra’s persistence paid off with Elise Freeman and Annie Robilliard scoring goals before quarter time. Lions failed to score in the quarter and Yarrawonga went into the first break 14 points up.


The second quarter was again a hard fought affair and hard tackling by both teams was a highlight of the term. The hard work of Courtney Sexton, Jenna Knight and Sarah Ryan across the middle and back line continued to make the Lions pay for their mistakes and was eventually rewarded with a goal to Grace Thompson. The hard work of the back line again kept Alpine Lions scoreless and our girls were up by 22 points at half time.


The third quarter saw the Lions change tactics and play an extra two girls in their back line. This paid off for them and made scoring hard for the Pigeons who were kept goalless for the term despite kicking five behinds. Alpine scored their first goal of the match and Yarrawonga went onto three quarter time 21 points up.


The Lions came too hard in the last quarter but Yarrawonga came out harder. Hard tackling and persistence by Ella Jones, Maddi Gissing, Sarah Ryan and Grace Thomson gave the girls a lift and they kicked up a gear. The goals then came thick and fast with Annie Robilliard kicking two goals and assisting in another two that saw Amy Griffith and Maddi Warner both score. Yarrawonga ran out winners by 33 points and a rousing version of the team song rocked the locker rooms.

Awards for the week were: Courtney Sexton, Annie Robilliard, Maddi Gissing, Grace Thompson, Jenna Knight and Sarah Ryan.

The girls play Thurgoona at 2.00pm at home next Sunday, so get down and cheer them on.



Girls Youth Team report Round 6 vs Lavington.

Another great day on the paddock!

The Pigeon girls have secured another win increasing their season tally to five and maintaining top spot on the ladder.  Doing their mother’s proud on their special day, both teams played the game with great spirit and sportsman ship. The Yarrawonga girls gave their opposition three players to allow them to field a full side and competed with all the grit and courage they would have shown their own team.

The girls were on a roll from the first bounce with Maddie Warner booting the first major just 30 seconds into the first quarter, kicking a second soon after off Liv Elliot’s hard work. Ella Jones in the middle continued last week’s awesome form and the consistent good work by Molly Kennedy in the centre kept our girls on top. Maddie Warner continued to star assisting in another goal kicked by Grace Thompson. Erica Montgomery’s game was inspirational and assisted in keeping the Panthers scoreless at the first turn.

Each week the team continues to improve and Illa Crawford, Stella Mulquiney, Amy Griffith and Molly Kennedy ran out the game causing headaches for the Lavington coaching team.  Persistence paid off for Erica Montgomery with a goal in the 3rd quarter cementing the teams lead.

Yarra maintained their lead for the game creating havoc for the struggling Panthers with only two scoring kicks for the match. Jenna Knight put in a pearler across the half forward line and Amy Griffith and Grace Thomson’s fitness is paying dividends against their opponents.

The Pigeon girls are looking forward to playing on home turf against next Sunday when they front up to the Alpine Lions for Round seven.

Goal Kickers: Maddi Warner 3, Erica Montgomery 1, G Thomson 1.

Best Players:  Illa Crawford, Erica Montgomery, Molly Kennedy, Stella Mulquiney, Amy Griffith, Maddi Warner.



Pigeons girls sing out loud

“We’re a mighty team at Yarrawonga ….At Yarrawonga, we’re getting stronger”. This rang loud and true from the change rooms as Yarrawonga Youth Girls celebrated their fourth win of the season. A near perfect day for football saw the girls win 7-11-53 to Murray Felines 1-3-9. The game was closer than the scores indicated and as per previous weeks, the grit and determination of the team shone through, especially in the second half.

The first half of the game was hard fought across the back lines, as seems to be the trend in our games. A goal to Liv Elliott gave the girls some early confidence and team work was evident in the hard tackling of our girls. Molly Bourke worked extremely hard around the ground, gaining a lot of possessions as did the rest of the midfield. A goal to Maddi Gissing late in the quarter saw the girls go into the first break in front by 14 points.

Despite a lot of hard work by the midfield and forward line, goals were hard to come by in the second quarter.  The Pigeons struggled to convert on the scoreboard, well through the big sticks anyway. Juliette Peace and Amy Griffith both had good quarters and Amy Nunn worked hard as always. One goal and four points for the quarter saw the girls up 3.6 24 to Felines 1.2 8 at half time.


“We play for what’s on the front of our jumper …not the number on the back”…..These inspirational words from Captain, Grace Thompson, to her team saw the girls come out for the second with renewed determination and a sense of purpose. First gamers Ella Jones and Heidi Murray both shone through with their hard work and never say die attitude. Ella selflessly gave the ball to Illa Crawford for a well-deserved goal in the 4th, whilst Heidi showed her worth in the ruck throughout the match. Team work shone through in the second half and was finally rewarded on the scoreboard. Goals to Maddi Gissing, Illa Crawford, Liv Elliott and Courtney Sexton cemented the girl’s biggest win of the season by 44 points.

Yarrawonga Pigeon Youth Girls are now one game clear at the top of the ladder with four wins and one loss. Next week’s game is against Lavington Panthers at Yarrawonga’s JC Lowe Oval at 2.00pm.

Goals: M Gissing 3, C Sexton 2, Liv Elliott 1, Illa Crawford 1

Awards: A Nunn, J Peace, T Samson, C Sexton, E Jones, H Murray, M Ferguson



Pigeons girls determination dominates to ensure another victory.  

Yarrawonga Girls continue to cement their growing reputation as a team to be reckoned with after a come from behind win over Thurgoona Bulldogs. The girls won 3-4-22 to 1-6-12 in a game that went right down to the final minutes.

A slow start saw Yarrawonga scoreless at quarter time, however the pressure of Molly Kennedy and Molly Burke around the ground, as well as the tenacious work of Amy Nunn helped the team keep in touch with the Bulldogs kept to 1 point.

Continued pressure from our backline helped to keep Yarra in touch and a great mark to Liv Elliott in the goal square saw the team’s hard work converted into a goal. With 5 minutes to go in the quarter Thurgoona were able to answer back to be 1 point down. After receiving some unwanted attention from the opposition Maddi Gissing showed why she is Co-Vice Captain of the Pigeons collecting another possession on her way off the ground. A perfect tackle from Molly Kennedy in defence to stop a score ensured Yarra went into the long break maintaining their 1 point lead.

Three minutes into the 3rd quarter and scores were even. Elise Freeman provided inspiration for the girls with a run up the wing, and great pressure in the middle typified the heart the girls were showing. The Bulldogs hit the front with 7 minutes to go, before Yarra evened the score with under 3 minutes left in the quarter. A point to Maddi Gissing with under a minute left and the girls headed into the last break 1 point up.

Brittney Hanley in the back line continued to put pressure on her opponent and hard work from Molly Kennedy, Amy Nunn and Evita Williams kept Thurgoona to another 2 points scored. With 2 minutes to go Maddi Gissing kicked a match winning goal that put the girls. Grace Thompson then showed why she is team captain with the sealing goal just before the siren.

Another great team game from all the girls and a well-deserved win for Hayley Durnford and her girls.  The team head over to Corowa next Sunday to take on the Murray Felines.

The Resilience Award for the week went to Maddi Gissing and team awards to, Illa Crawford, Elise Freeman, Caitlin Deegan, Meagan Ferguson, Molly Kennedy & Tayla Sampson.



Grit and Determination on home soil by the Yarra Girls

Yarrawonga Youth Girls Team won their 2nd match the season today despite hard opposition from Wodonga Raiders. It was a battle of the back lines and despite not scoring after quarter time the girls showed grit and determination to win 2-1-13 to 0-3-3.

Maddi Gissing kicked the first goal of the match with Yarrawonga enjoying much of the play in their forward line for the first quarter. Sarah Ryan was strong in the back line and another goal from Amy Nunn was followed up with some great defence.

The second & third quarters were a hard fought affair with the only score being a behind to Raiders. Maddi Gissing and Molly Kennedy had strong quarters as did Amy Griffiths and Annie Robilliard.

The girls pulled together with some great defensive team work in the last quarter to keep Raiders to another behind. A save on the goal line from Erica Montgomery ensured Yarrawonga kept control of the ball at a critical time. Courtney Sexton & Maddi Wamer also had strong quarters.

A great effort by all girls with 5 first gamers in the team. Award winners for this week were : Annie Robbiliard, Amy Griffiths, Maddi Wamer, Hannah Nottley, Jenna Knight & Juliette Peace.




Looking for the girls footy draw, click here  AWJFL Fixture 2017

AFL NEB have also created a weblink for the girls team.  For further info please click here.

Practice Match vs Therry Penola  11 March 2017

The inaugural Yarrawonga Youth Girls team put on a great display of footy skills at their practice match against the Therry Penola girls side on Saturday.  This was the first hit out for the both sides entered into their prospective girl’s leagues this year.

A nervous but excited Pigeons team took to the field showing the crowd their enthusiasm and eagerness to play footy. Whilst the girls took to different positions over the match it was a great team effort with Elise Freeman, kicking the first ever Youth Girls goal and leading the way with her past playing experience.  In warm conditions, the Pigeons kept Therry goalless until the third quarter.

Molly Kennedy played a physical game with plenty of strong hits and tackles. Maddi Gissing set up play across the forward lines and Amy Nunn led with plenty of pace.  Brodie Pfieffer was fierce along the centre half forward and back line taking plenty of good marks.  Grace Thomson and Courtney Sexton kept their eyes on the ball pushing the ball to the goal end.

In all it was a great team effort by the girls and having a strong win shows these girls are keen and determined to give it their all.   “What a wonderful start for the inaugural Girls youth football side.” said Dave Woodburn, President of the Yarrawonga Junior Football, “ We gave the girls the opportunity to play in a variety of positions in their first run to give them the chance to learn about the game.  With there were many great passage to of play and the girls looked like they have played together for years.”  Final score was Yarrawonga 8.4 54 to Therry Penola 2.4 16.  Goals Amy Nunn 2, Courtney Sexton 2, Elisa Freeman. Maddi Gissing, Jessie Johnson and Grace Thomson 1.

Round 1 of this season’s AFL North East Border Youth Girls Football League starts on Sunday 2 April with the Pigeons heading up to play Lavington.


Pigeons with Therry Penola
















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Team photo with Bri 20.2.17

Maddie Gissing, Elise Freeman and Brodie Pfieffer









Season 2017 – February 2017 – The introduction of Girls footy to the Pigeon Coop 

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, “past U16 player Hayley Durnford has offered her time in a coaching capacity for the inaugural team.   Dave Woodburn and Scott Pendergast will be assisting Hayley,  but 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.”

Hayley 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 continue to play footy”, she 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 this inaugural Youth Girls team.   “To see a Yarrawonga team is sensational and I’d like all the OMFNL Clubs to think about following the same lead”.

Hayley is looking forward to working with the girls.  While some girls are keen to improve their own abilities, Hayley 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.”   Hayley 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.

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