Bears roll Hop­pers in tough lo­cal derby

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Ren­nie play­ing-coach Craig Ed­nie suf­fered a se­ri­ous torso in­jury in the Hop­pers’ 22-point loss to Tungamah on Satur­day.

The star will re­main in hos­pi­tal in Wangaratta for the next few days af­ter frac­tur­ing three ribs and suf­fer­ing a punc­tured lung dur­ing the fi­nal quar­ter of the match.

“They’ve just got to mon­i­tor him and make sure he’s all good,” Ren­nie pres­i­dent An­drew Starr said.

“He doesn’t have a time­line yet as to when he will be back.”

The in­juries stemmed from an er­rant knee to Ed­nie’s back from a Tungamah op­po­nent dur­ing a mark­ing con­test.

“He was back­ing into where a Tungamah player was tak­ing a mark and got a knee in the back, there was noth­ing at all un­to­ward about it,” Starr said.

Tungamah took vic­tory 14.9 (93) to 10.11 (71) in what could only be de­scribed as a fierce con­test, with play­ers go­ing down with in­juries at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

Ren­nie’s Cooper Ben­nett broke his col­lar­bone in the de­feat, also in the last term, com­pound­ing his side’s woes.

Mean­while, Tungamah’s Glenn Do­minick (bro­ken fin­ger), Damian Payne (cheek bone) and Ja­cob Sampson (an­kle) are all sweat­ing on x-ray re­sults to de­ter­mine the sever­ity of their re­spec­tive ail­ments.

“We just have to wait and see how bad they are,” Bears’ co-coach Jeremy O’Brien said.

“It was a real good, phys­i­cal game of coun­try foot­ball.

“Un­for­tu­nately there were a few in­juries, but from a spec­ta­tor’s point of view it would have been a great game to watch.”

New Bears re­cruit Brent Chap­man, who has ex­pe­ri­ence at clubs in­clud­ing the Shep­par­ton Bears, Nu­murkah and Murchi­son, pro­vided the shin­ing light on the day with six goals.

O’Brien said the sign­ing of Chap­man, who booted 100 goals for Murchi­son as re­cently as 2015, was a huge boost for Tungamah.

“It’s cer­tainly not go­ing to hurt our chances, that’s for sure,” he said.

“It gives us another av­enue to goal, he’s a very dif­fi­cult match-up be­cause he’s quick and still strong too.

“With Ash Saun­ders and Adam Dodd out the last few weeks we’ve been ro­tat­ing four or five play­ers through that full for­ward po­si­tion, so he will help a lot.”

The Hop­pers be­gan the bet­ter of the two sides, but could not re­tain the as­cen­dancy af­ter quar­ter-time.

“We prob­a­bly didn’t start that well, they’re cer­tainly well struc­tured,” O’Brien said.

“It is pleas­ing to get the win, but we need to play four quar­ters and have a bit more con­sis­tency.”

Chase Strawhorn led the way for the vis­i­tors up for­ward with five goals, while Travis Hayes was named best afield for the Bears.

“They were just too good on the day,” Starr said.

“We know we can match it with them, we just didn’t play real good in the sec­ond and third quar­ters, so we just need to play a full game.”

It was ‘no holds barred’ in the match be­tween Tungamah and Ren­nie for derby brag­ging rights on Satur­day. Lach­lan Davis and Travis Hayes lock it up in the midst of se­nior foot­ball ac­tion.

Bodhi Butts gets the ball away un­der pres­sure.

Tom Wil­son lines up his kick for the Bears.

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