Bears win against old ri­vals

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

Re­serves

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.

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