Bears book grand fi­nal berth

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Sport -

In a tough con­test at Katunga on Satur­day the Tungamah Bears dug deep to pull off a 14 point come from be­hind win and move into their fifth con­sec­u­tive Pi­cola League Grand Fi­nal in two weeks’ time.

From the first bounce it was ob­vi­ous that this was go­ing to be a fierce con­tested game and none showed their de­ter­mi­na­tion more than Adam Dodd as he con­stantly at­tacked the ball as well as dom­i­nated the tackle count.

Chris Oliver was do­ing a great job in the ruck against a tough op­po­nent and the on­ballers in Bodhi Butts, Thomas Wil­son, Nick Doyle, Kade Rowe and Travis Hayes were get­ting the ball into the for­ward line con­sis­tently but ac­cu­racy in front of goal was a prob­lem.

Ren­nie on the other hand couldn’t miss and had six straight by the end of the quar­ter and a 21 point lead de­spite goals to Ash Saun­ders and Dodd for the Bears.

An early goal to Ren­nie in the sec­ond was a worry but then the Tungamah boys re­ally started to lock down and the tack­ling fe­roc­ity went through the roof.

Damian Payne, Dan Clarke and Drew Hae­bich were more than just solid in de­fence and Brady Hayes was hav­ing a big in­flu­ence.

Goals to Matt Clark, Jez O’Brien and two to Brent Chap­man as well as an­other to Saun­ders were a just re­ward for their team­mates work up the field.

A half time deficit of only four points and a very pos­i­tive vibe in the Bears’ rooms at the main break.

In the sec­ond half the Bears con­tin­ued their re­lent­less at­tack on the ball and be­gan to run Ren­nie off their legs.

Jim Irvine was re­warded with a goal for his great ef­forts all day and Chris Pow­ell was de­liv­er­ing the ball lace out on plenty of oc­ca­sions.

The back­line were res­o­lute in their de­fence and only al­lowed one goal past them in the sec­ond half, the likes of Jar­rod O’Shea, Nick Irvine, Leigh Howroyd and Glenn Do­minick have got bet­ter as the sea­son has pro­gressed.

The de­sire and des­per­a­tion of the whole team was summed up by Travis Hayes when he ran to tackle and deny a cer­tain goal in the Ren­nie goal square.

A goal after the siren to Ren­nie saw the Bears run out four­teen point winners in what can only be de­scribed as a bril­liant team ef­fort in over­com­ing an early deficit.

No mat­ter who they play in two weeks’ time the Bears are a big chance if they bring the same at­ti­tude as this mem­o­rable finals victory.


Con­grat­u­la­tions to the 4ths and 3rds who set the stan­dard for the day and every­one in the re­serves was in­spired by your ef­forts.

The game started as ex­pected with in­ten­sity and ro­ta­tions and moves to cre­ate match-up im­bal­ance. Shepp East took the lead early. Dan Wil­liams scored at the end of a 50 me­tre penalty, late in the first for Tungamah’s only goal.

Will Kirchen took some beat­ing in the air and just missed out early with some in­ac­cu­racy. In the sec­ond he marked and con­verted.

Stand outs in the first half were those in the back half and those ro­tat­ing through the mid­dle as the go­ing was tough and fast.

Shepp East again ran and rolled and it took all Tungamah’s ef­fort to keep up.

The third quar­ter was more even and in some ar­eas the Bears started to get on top.

Kirchen was at the end of a Richard­son kick and scored again.

Tungamah did not play at their best and with­out doubt need to be on their game to beat Shepp East.

The re­serves will take an­other shot at get­ting to the grand fi­nal with a big match against Waaia on Satur­day. Shepp East 14.5.89 def Tungamah 6.9.45. Goals: Wil­liams, Kirchen (2), Kelly, McMil­lan

Best from: Richard­son, Irvine, Kelly, Whykes, John­stone, Laity, Wil­liams, Buerkner, Bate and Thomp­son.


The thirds took on the un­de­feated Katan­dra side at Katunga this week, which was al­ways go­ing to be a tough ask.

League medal­list Liam Con­nell showed ex­actly why he earned that praise, he was dom­i­nant in the ruck con­tests all day.

The on­ballers Bran­don Ein­sporn, Will Sharp and Tre John­son worked hard for the footy and won the ma­jor­ity of the clear­ances.

Tungamah snagged the first 2 goals of the game and the boys knew they were right in this con­test.

Katan­dra fought back in the lat­ter part of the first quar­ter, Tungamah led 2.1 to 1.2 at the quar­ter time break.

The Bears’ tack­ling pres­sure and de­sire to find the ball was fan­tas­tic to wit­ness.

The back­line did very well, led by An­gus Hes­lin on one foot, after a bas­ket­ball in­jury ear­lier in the week, and Jack Clarke who was re­li­able as ever.

Young­sters Des O’Kane, Os­car Wil­lis, Seth Hae­bich and Ned Con­nell also stood tall help­ing out after play­ing in the ear­lier game, with Seth kick­ing a valu­able goal in the sec­ond quar­ter. At half time Tungamah led 3.2 to 2.4. Blayze Young-Mail snapped a rip­per goal dur­ing the third quar­ter, but Katan­dra was com­ing hard.

Wally Thom­son showed some of his skills, his run and carry was very im­por­tant.

The for­wards worked hard to try and re­tain the footy in the for­ward 50, led by Tom Lidger­wood who took some great marks and used the footy well.

At 3/4 time scores were level. Sidey pleaded with the boys to have a huge crack, as this was their chance to make the grand fi­nal.

Katan­dra took the lead for the first time and Tungamah was 8 points down, but then mid­way through the last quar­ter, the boys ral­lied and had the ball in their for­ward line for pretty much the last 5 to 10 min­utes of the game.

Nick Irvine was back for the last quar­ter, after play­ing the first but then rest­ing for the se­nior game later on, and he kicked truly from 40 me­tres di­rectly in front of goal.

Still a few points down, the boys had var­i­ous chances to score but a few kicks out of bounds, and then a few points, the game was level, with lit­tle time left on the clock.

An­other long kick down to­wards the goals, saw a rushed be­hind, which saw Tungamah take the lead, and then the siren sounded about 3 sec­onds later.

What a win, what a great game of ju­nior footy, played in good spirit.

Tungamah 5.8.38 de­feated Katan­dra 5.7.37.


The young Bears took on the Ren­nie Hop­pers in what turned out to be a thrilling semi­fi­nal.

Ren­nie started well and led from the front, in the sec­ond quar­ter the cubs lifted and wres­tled back the mo­men­tum but still trail­ing at half time.

The third quar­ter con­tin­ued to be an arm wres­tle with the ball mov­ing from one back­line to the other.

Tungamah was level peg­ging with Ren­nie at three quar­ter time.

Truey asked the boys to click up an­other gear and with that the Bears kicked two quick goals and held Ren­nie go­a­less which was enough to get them over the line and into the grand fi­nal. The boys need to con­tinue this strong style of foot­ball go­ing into the big dance. Tungmah 4.2.26 de­feated Ren­nie 2.2.14 Goal kick­ers- Jack Costigon 2, Mitch Gold­man 1, Ned con­nell 1

It was a tough bat­tle be­tween Tungamah and Ren­nie for a spot in the grand fi­nal.

Nick Doyle on the run.

Tom Wil­son looks to clear the ball.

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