Com­fort­able win for O’Shea’s 100th

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies -

Tungamah came into the match against Kata­matite as heavy favourites even though miss­ing plenty of play­ers through in­jury and other com­mit­ments.

And in the end they didn’t dis­ap­point with a re­sound­ing 126 point win over Kata­matite in Jar­rod O’Shea’s 100th se­nior game for the club.

The match started with O’Shea in the ruck and on­ballers Kade Rowe, Tom Wil­son, Drew Hae­bich, Travis Hayes, Bodhi Butts and Jim Irvine get­ting plenty of clear­ances to drive the ball re­peat­edly into the for­ward 50.

Within five min­utes Ash Saun­ders, re­turn­ing af­ter a com­pul­sory lay off, kicked the first of his many goals for the day.

Kata­matite were putting up a valiant ef­fort in de­fence but Brady Hayes was de­liv­er­ing well and by the end of the term Saun­ders and Rowe had two a piece along with Matt Clark with one.

The Bears out to a 26 point lead, although still not play­ing their most dis­ci­plined footy.

Through­out the re­main­der of the match the Bears im­proved their tack­ling and were more pa­tient and pre­cise with their de­liv­ery of the ball as asked by Coach Jeremy O’Brien at half time to “play your role in a co­he­sive team ef­fort”.

Dan Clarke was busy all day across the back in­clud­ing plenty of ruck du­ties and the des­per­a­tion of young Nick Irvine shone re­peat­edly.

Vet­eran Adam Dodd was also prom­i­nent as he cleared the ball on many oc­ca­sions along with the run and carry of Ada Con­nell and Leigh Howroyd.

In the end a great team ef­fort in a side which changes weekly but shows the depth of the club as play­ers called up from the re­serves fill their spots well.

A spe­cial men­tion to Ash Saun­ders, with 12 goals for the day and Matt Clark who seems to have the motor of a 737 jet and covers a moun­tain of ter­ri­tory each week.

Hav­ing played ev­ery­one once, Tungamah has a good po­si­tion on the lad­der, plenty of depth in the club and can only keep im­prov­ing as they head into the mid­dle of the sea­son.

Katan­dra away next week - go Bears.

Re­serves

A change in the team with some outs and pro­mo­tions show­cased the team’s depth.

Gus McMil­lan was very strong over­head and pro­vided a real tar­get up for­ward. Michael Cic­cia was pre­sent­ing and also pro­vid­ing a tar­get.

Dy­lan Chung was given a job to do and did ex­actly what was asked of him and pro­vided bursts of run and carry.

Haydn Kelly kicked a trade mark goal from the wing.

Alan Richardson kicked his sec­ond deep in the sec­ond quar­ter then Josh Pet­tit took a jug­gling mark and slot­ted one.

With just sec­onds to go Josh Pet­tit was on the end of a good pas­sage of play and drilled his sec­ond.

Mitch Pet­tit learnt a lot from the sup­port of ex­pe­ri­enced se­nior player Sam Lidger­wood men­tor­ing from the bench.

Corey Bourke kicked two late in the game along with Josh Boz­zola.

Kata­matite never gave up for the en­tire game and held Tungamah to two goals in the last.

Ev­ery­one put in and well done to Damo Pow­ell, Jack Con­nell, Tom Flana­gan, Nick Gam­ble, Ian Oliver, Will Prescott and Joel McAllen.

Find­ing a best was hard as the en­tire team stood out with strong de­fence, a good on ball team and po­tent for­ward line.

Ian Oliver was judged by the um­pires as best on ground and won the shield.

Score: Tungamah 13.15-93 def Kata­matite 2.0-12.

Goals: Matt Pow­ell, Haydn Kelly, Ian Oliver, Alan Richardson, Damo Pow­ell, Josh Pet­tit 2, Josh Boz­zola 2, Gus McMil­lan, Corey Bourke 2.

Awards: Crusty Loaf Bak­ery Gus McMil­lan, Ter­mi­nus Ho­tel Shaun Hawkins, Cel­lar­bra­tions Daniel Whykes.

Un­der 17s

Tungamah hosted Kata­matite at the Bear Pit and Katty kicked the first goal, but the the Bears kicked into gear and played a very good first quar­ter of footy, slam­ming on six goals in re­ply.

Tom Lidger­wood play­ing up for­ward started the game well, along with Liam Con­nell who kicked three first quar­ter goals.

Blake Ad­kins was lively all day, sup­ported well by Blayze Young-Mail and Bran­don Ein­sporn, who is play­ing some great footy this year.

Tre John­son was an­other good player, play­ing up the ground, run­ning hard at the footy, head over the ball and reap­ing the re­wards.

The sec­ond quar­ter was waste­ful on Tungamah’s part, kick­ing eight points to no score.

The boys kicked into gear again in the third quar­ter with a pair of Jack’s, Ar­dle and Clarke, kick­ing two goals and one goal re­spec­tively.

Wally Thom­son and Gus Hes­lin were do­ing well down back, sup­ported well by brothers Tom and Lachie El­liott.

Ben Grif­fin stepped up af­ter a good performance in the Fourths to de­but in the Thirds and did not look out of place down half back.

In the end Tungamah won by 82 points, a good hard fought win.

Next week the boys get to take on Katan­dra, the lad­der lead­ers, a good chance to see where they are at for 2017.

Score: Tungamah 13.17-95 def Kata­matite 2.1-13.

Awards: Win­gates Tre John­son, Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club Re­sort Tom Lidger­wood, Crusty Loaf Bak­ery Wally Thom­son, Tungamah Shop Bran­don Ein­sporn, Tungamah Can­teen Jack Clarke.

Drew Hae­bich was fierce as al­ways.

Travis Hayes kicks long.

Adam Dodd cleared the ball con­sis­tently.

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