OvensMurrayFNl22 squarev2Match Review | Yarrawonga has taken out the 2023 SS&A OMFNL premiership after holding off a tenacious Albury Tigers by four points at the Lavington Sportsground.

In front of 10,156 spectators, the Pigeons won its sixth OM premiership in one of the all-time great grand finals that had a gripping finish.

Tigers former AFL star Jeff Garlett missed a shot on goal with under a minute to play that would have put the Tigers in front by two points.

The kick was marked by Yarrawonga captain Leigh Masters in front of a packed goal square as supporters of both sides had hearts in their mouths. 

Ironically the previous year from a similar spot on the ground and scenario Pigeons Jess Koopman had the same opportunity to put his team in front against Wangaratta.

Yarrawonga star Michael Gibbons who had thirty-five possessions was named the Did Simpson Medallist for best player on the ground.

Gibbons along with fellow midfield star Harry Wheeler missed last year’s grand final with injury and took their chance to guide the Pigeons home.

The margin between the teams was never more than a goal at each of the quarter breaks with the halftime score being 44-44.

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