Can the Yabbies break the drought?

By David Nagel The dam wall could burst and spread a tidal wave of excitement over the Tyabb Football Club if the Yabbies can break an almost eight-year drought against Pearcedale at Bunguyan Reserve. That was the last time the Yabbies won back-to-back matches in senior football, with the opportunity arising to remove that long-standing... View Article

By David Nagel

The dam wall could burst and spread a tidal wave of excitement over the Tyabb Football Club if the Yabbies can break an almost eight-year drought against Pearcedale at Bunguyan Reserve.

That was the last time the Yabbies won back-to-back matches in senior football, with the opportunity arising to remove that long-standing monkey-on-the-back after a 53-point victory over Crib Point last Saturday.

In what could be a promising sign for the Yabbies, Pearcedale also played a part in those back-to-back victories in the winter of 2010.

The Panthers were the first victim that year, succumbing to a last-quarter surge from the Yabbies who led by a point at three-quarter time before kicking 6.9 to 3.0 in the final term.

Ash Waterstone kicked three for the winners, while Travis Wade, Jarrod Smith and Barry Smeeton all chimed in with two apiece.

Wade was a standout performer for the Yabbies with John Alexander, Craig Conlan, Tim McGrath and Chris Ransom also making significant contributions to the victory.

Tyabb returned to its home ground a week later, on July 3, 2010, to take on Hastings.

The Yabbies took control of the contest in the first quarter, kicking 5.5 to 1.1 to take a 28-point lead into the first change. They were never headed, running out 70-point winners on their way to a nine-win and seven-loss season.

Mat Hose booted five goals for the winners, and Jonathan Flack four, while Scott Pickersgill and Hayden Turner joined McGrath, Hose, Alexander and Ransom on an impressive best-players list.

It was back-to-back victories for the Yabbies who were certainly on the rise.

But fast forward eight years and it’s been 127 games since they last achieved that feat.

A lot was happening back in July 2010.

Julia Gillard had just become the first female Prime Minister of Australia, ousting Kevin Rudd after previously saying there was more chance of her becoming full-forward for her beloved Western Bulldogs than challenging for the leadership.

Black Caviar was just five wins in to her remarkable 25-race winning streak, while Collingwood was on its way to its first premiership in 20 years under the guidance of Mick Malthouse.

And 20-year-old Paul Ransom and 23-year-old Matt Dimkos thought life was great after celebrating those back-to-back wins for the Yabbies against the Panthers and Blues.

Ransom, now 27, and Dimkos 31, and are the only two players that remain from that winning day against Hastings that are likely to back up again this weekend.

Dimkos led the way with four goals against the Magpies last week and will hope to share the glory of back-to-back victories with Ransom and 20-new teammates at 5pm this Saturday.

No pressure Yabbies – there’s just an eight-year drought that needs to be broken!

 

TYABB’S LAST TASTE OF BACK-TO-BACK WINS

ROUND-11 – 2010

Tyabb                  2.4         4.9         7.11       13.20.98

Pearcedale         3.2         6.3         8.4         11.4.70

Tyabb Goals: Ashley Waterstone 3, Travis Wade 2, Jarrod Smith 2, Barry Smeeton 2, John Alexander , Tim McGrath , Jonathan Flack , John Ransom. Best: Travis Wade, John Alexander, Craig Conlan, Tim McGrath, Ashley Waterstone, Chris Ransom.

Pearcedale Goals: R. Morris 3, K. Baskaya 3, N. Walsh 2, D. Bowes, L. Damon, S. Maggs. Best: J. Smith, M. Vagg, L. Damon, K. Baskaya, N. Walsh, L. Murray.

ROUND-12 – 2010

Tyabb                  5.5         9.9         12.11     15.15.105

Hastings              1.1         2.4         2.7         4.11.35

Tyabb Goals: Mathew Hose 5, Jonathan Flack 4, Barry Smeeton 2, Craig Conlan, Scott Pickersgill, Ashley Waterstone, Jarrod Smith. Best: Tim McGrath, Mathew Hose, Scott Pickersgill, John Alexander, Hayden Turner, Chris Ransom.

Hastings Goals: C. McVeigh, B. Arnold, R. Dawes, R. Vandenham. Best: B. Metcalf, M. Agnello, M. Cave, A. Hurst, L. Hewitt, J. Mulheron.