Bears win against old rivals
Tungamah hosted another former PDFL club Katandra at the Bear pit, with five forced changes from the previous game at Tongala.
This meant opportunities for a few youngsters, and also the return of Chris Powell, who obviously wanted to put on a show for the Ladies Day patrons, delivering a great performance after a few months on the sidelines with injury.
Katandra got out of the blocks quicker at the start, looking to move the ball quickly when turning the ball over, leading 2 goals to 1 mid way through the first quarter.
Dual ruckman of Jake and Chris Jones did well all day.
Bodhi Butts was again in medal form, his only injury concern being possible leather poisoning after touching the footy so many times.
The wizard Tim Cooper had another great game, snagging a few important early goals, and playing a good 4 quarter game, showing his experience when it counted most.
Craig Whinray was important up forward, kicking 3 goals for the game.
At quarter time the Bears led 4.5 to 2.3.
Down back Corey Bourke was brilliant, repelling plenty of forward plays by the opposition.
Jarrod O’Shea again was consistent, he is now the only player at Tungamah to kick a goal from about 160m out from goal.
O’Shea deep in the back pocket kicked across the goal, only to find the outside of his right foot and kicked a beauty, however for some reason the scoreboard reflected a point to Katandra.
The Irvine brothers were everywhere, obviously benefiting from plenty of healthy food from the Smoko Shed, both played solid games.
Youngster Wally Thomson got his chance to play a full game and took it with both arms, well done young man.
At half time the Bears led 8.9 to 3.4, in control of the game.
Will Sharp continued his good 3rds footy form playing as the sub, and he played very well, setting up a goal during the 3rd quarter.
Ash Saunders played well, snagging 4 majors, and crashing and bashing through packs.
Saunders now leads the MFNL goal kicking, well done.
Katandra fought out the game well, the last half was hard work, a real struggle for both sides.
Jeremy O’Brien was again valuable, kicking a few 2nd half goals. Murray League top goal kickers
Ashley Saunders - Brodie Ross - Ashley Froud - Ben Ryan - Liam Evans - Vaasili Tuifao -
Tungamah Nathalia Mulwala Cobram Nathalia Rumbalara
46 44 37 35 32 32
In the end a comfortable win for the Bears, winning 11.12.78 to Katandra 7.10.52.
The seniors now have a very important game next week, hosting Shep East.
With three wins on the trot, hopefully the Bears can gain another 4 points and then be pressing for the final 8.
Tungamah 15.17 107 def Katandra 1.1 7
A cold windy day greeted both sides at Jubliee Park on Saturday.
After a slow start, Tungamah started to take control of the game in the second quarter, piling on 5 unanswered goals.
The forward line was controlled by Matt Bourke who marked everything in sight and Shaun Hawking who read the ball to perfection however it was Ryan Walker who stole the show, with a goal from a banana kick from the point post.
Coach Alan Richardson led his side with his trade mark high work rate until he was taken to hospital with suspected rib damage.
Matt Powell was moved from the forward line into the centre where he continued to find plenty of the ball.
Liam Connell was brilliant and found some great support from thirds player and first gamer Gus Heslin, both winning the ball in the ruck contests while Jack Connell continued his consistent good form around the ground.
Ade Connell seemed to be everywhere, using the ball well and bringing his team mates into the game.
The back 6 were impenetrable, restricting Katandra to 1 goal for the day and remaining scoreless after quarter time.
With injuries and players having other commitments impacting numbers, it was great to welcome back Jarryd Ash to the Bear Pit along with newcomer Nathan Beggs.
A great team win by a 100-point winning margin and much needed percentage boost.
The reserves are now set to take on the two sides closest to them on the ladder, meeting old rival Shep East back at the Bear Pit this week followed by Moama in a fortnight.
Goal Kickers: Matt Bourke 3, Ade Connell 3, Shane Thompson 2, Shaun Hawking 2, Ryan Walker 2, Matt Powell 1 Alan Richardson 1, Jarryd Ash 1.
Best Players: Matt Bourke, Shaun Hawking, Liam Connell, Ade Connell, Matt Powell, Jack Connell. Thirds
Tungamah 8.9 57 def Katandra 5.6 36
This was always going to be a close game, the grand final rematch from last year in former PDFL league.
The game was a close contest all day. Gus Heslin was given ruck duties and did the job well, giving 1st use of the footy to onballers Will Sharp who played a great game which included kicking 3 goals.
The backline held up well, led by Tre Johnson, Ben Griffin, Tom Elliott and Brock Bate who took a great mark during the game, did a 360 degree turn and then set up play that delivered a goal for the team.
Brandon Einsporn was in and under everything, playing a terrific game, with youngster Oscar Willis doing a good job on the wing.
At half time a few changes to positions, with Joel Johnson going down forward and taking his opportunities, supported well by Harley Sampson.
Wally Thomson game off the bench for the 2nd half, sitting at full forward and he showed class snagging 3 important goals.
The game was in the balance at 3 quarter time, the bears led by 4 points.
The last quarter was dominated by the Bears, in the end a 21 point win, winning 8.9.57 to 5.6.36.
The teams third win for the season. Awards: Wingates - Will Sharp, Crusty Loaf Bakery - Brandon Einsporn, Subway - Oscar Willis, Tungamah Shop – Tre Johnson.
Goals: William Sharp 3, Wally Thomson 3, Thomas Lidgerwood 1, Oscar Willis 1
Best: Tungamah: William Sharp, Brandon Einsporn, Oscar Willis, Tre Johnson, Angus Heslin, Brock Bate. Fourths
Tungamah 10.8 68 def Katandra 4.0 24
After a week off last week having the bye it showed in the first quarter with the boys being ran over at all contest, this didn’t last too long.
The Blues jumped out to a 3 goal lead and at the 10 minute mark the boys remembered what they were there to do.
The back men worked hard and listened to what they were asked and manning up was the key to what happened next.
Tom Costigan again working hard in the backline and just doing what he does.
The running from all the boys was amazing and the attack on the footy was awesome. Finishing the first quarter 10 points done.
With Cam Ford going onto the ruck the results were there for everyone to see, giving Seth Shazza and Banga first use of the footy movement of the footy became more fluid moving into the third quarter with Jaxon, Tyler, Seth and Tom getting a fair bit of the footy and using it to advantage.
The last quarter saw the Bears put the foot down a bit and with Lockie Phillips Luke and Jaxon kicking off and scoring at will.
Goals: Lockie Phillips 5, Liam Williams 2, Luke Mills 2and Jaxon Raven 1.
Best: Jaxon, Luke, Liam, Tom, Cam, Seth. Awards: Subway, Jaxon. Maccas, Luke. Crusty loaf, Liam. And the Merchandise, Tommy C.
Another four majors by Tungamah forward Ash Saunders on Saturday has him sitting on top of the Murray League Football goal kicking ladder. Tungamah hosted another former PDFL club Katandra at the Bear pit on Saturday with a convincing four goal win.
Ryan Walker marks awkwardly before kicking two majors.