The Dodd Show
The last game in the Bears inaugural Murray League season at Tungamah was a celebration of a legendary career for Adam Dodd, who played his 300th senior footy game vs Finley.
His career record will be difficult to surpass, by anybody ever.
The Bears really took this game up to a side that finished the season 3rd on the ladder, it was tight all day. Jake Jones was great in the ruck, getting plenty of hitouts, however it was difficult to gain the clearances, it was hard tough contested footy, with high pressure and tackling from both sides all day.
Bodhi Butts was left alone early and racked up plenty of the footy, with Adam Dodd playing tall down at full forward using his strength and experience to snag the 1st 4 goals for Tungamah before half time.
The backline held up well day, again led by Corey Bourke, and supported well by Gus Ford, Drew Haebich and Nick Irvine.
At half time Tungamah were down 4.6 to 6.2.
The 3rd quarter was a real arm wrestle. Terrence Jones showed pace, and the Hayes brothers of Travis and Brady all contributing, along with Chris Powell and Tim Cooper.
Matt Bourke kicked a nice goal during the 3rd quarter as did Powell.
Coaches Jeremy O’Brien and Craig Whinray both played well, and Duane Haebich was another solid player. There really were not many passengers in a good team performance.
At 3/4 time the Bears were down by 10 points. Finley kicked the 1st four goals of the final quarter, putting the game just out of reach, however to the Bears credit they fought out the game well kicking the last 3 goals or the game, including the man himself Adam Dodd who slotted a goal after the siren to take his tally to 5 goals.
The script was almost perfect, but in the end the Bears fell short by 14 points, a very admirable loss.
The season has now ended, however congratulations to the reserves who had a great win and moved into the 8 for the first time this year, and now play finals, a great result in Tungamahs first MFNL season.
This game is played on Saturday, not Sunday as many thought, at Finley at 4.20pm start time.
Make sure to all try and get there to support them as they take on Barooga.
Tungamah 14.5 89 defeated Finley 6.9 45 The reserves were met with a beautiful winters day at Jubilee Park for their final must win game of the home and away season.
Finley won the first clearance and used their big bodies to mark cleanly and get the ball into their forward fifty in the first minutes of the game.
The backline wouldn’t allow Finley to score and after clearing the ball out of the danger zone, the remaining 18 minutes of the quarter belonged to Tungamah, kicking 6 unanswered goals.
Although Tungamah didn’t dominate the scoreboard after quarter time, they slowly built on their lead and controlled the game over every area of the ground.
An injured Ash Saunders was fed the ball at Full Forward with his marking ability magic to watch and managed to kick 3 goals by half time.
The senior experience of Dale Powell off the forward flank was evident combining strong marking and good ball movement and teamed with Ada Connell to create run across the forward line.
Alan Richardson and Justin Saunders benefited from Chris Jones’ control of the ruck taps and used the ball with accurate delivery into the forward line.
Sam Kellock, Liam Connell and Brayden Beaton were too strong in defence and ran the ball out of Finley’s forward line with ease.
Will Prescott, arguably the most improved player, led the tackle count after chasing down the opposition on the wing.
A very rewarding finish to the home and away season with a convincing 44-point win over Finley.
With a good mix of seasoned veterans, passionate men in their prime and talented young thirds players, the Reserves have made it into eighth spot on the ladder and a place in the Murray League Finals.
The reserves will play Barooga this Satur- day at Finley starting at 4.20pm due to the night final.
A challenging pre-season turned into an enjoyable year with morale around the club making for a successful and rewarding season.
Thanks to the dedicated committee and generosity of its countless volunteers the players across all grades of football and netball have been able to enjoy competitive games and enjoy every small success that has been shared with the Tungamah faithful.
A big congratulation to Ada Connell on being awarded equal Runner-up for the Murray Football League Reserves and Alan Richardson who placed 7th.
Goal Kickers: D. Powell 4, A. Saunders 3, J. Saunders 2, C. Jones 2, S. Thomson, A. Connell, A. Richardson 1.
Best Players: S. Kellock, A. Connell, J. Saunders, W. Prescott, D. Powell, B. Beaton.
Tungamah 3.4 22 defeated by Finley 11.7 73 Another big challenge for the younger Bears outfit taking on 3rd placed Finley at Tungamah.
The team was strengthened by the addition of Nick Irvine and Wally Thomson who played seniors for the year, a chance for these boys to play with their mates in their age group.
These boys also backed up for the seniors later, along with Will Sharp, therefore they played the 1st half only. The Bears were slow out of the blocks, allowing Finley to take the ascendancy early, a game break that in the end proved too hard to make up, however the boys to their credit really fought out the game well.
The backline held up well all day, with Brock Bate, Tom Elliott, Ben Griffin and Seth Haebich all doing a good job, supported well by Harley Sampson.
Ned Connell and Tom Lidgerwood also both played well down back, a different role for these usual forward line players.
At quarter time the Bears were down 4.1 to no score.
Tungamah started the 2nd quarter well, with Wally Thomson and Nick Irvine kicking 2 brilliant running goals, but then Finley slammed on the next 5 goals to take a 45 point lead into half time.
Gus Heslin was again great in the ruck, giving the onball brigade a good opportunity to get the sherrin.
Mitch Goldman, Blake Adkins, Brandon Einsporn found plenty of the footy.
The Johnson brothers of Tre and Joel combined, well done Joel you did well in your 1st season of footy mate. Jack Clarke racked up possessions, and Rory Kruse tried hard all day.
Fletcher Wallden again filled in for the boys, we hear he might be playing full time at the Bear pit in 2019. Down forward Jacob Vella and Dylan Sidebottom both worked well to- gether, with Vella kicking a goal in the last quarter.
The last half saw Tungamah adding 1.4 to Finley 2.4, a great effort boys.
In the end the Bears go down 3.4.22 to 11.7.73, the season now finishes, but you can all keep your heads up high in the teams first season of MFNL footy.
Stick together and grab a few other mates for 2019 and we are sure you could play finals footy next year. Thanks to Paul Sidebottom who did another great job coaching the boys, supported well by Ash Saunders. Thanks to the umpires who put their hands up during the year, and to the water girls of Leah Connell and Chelsea Marks.
Thank you Jason Sharp for doing the runner job each week.
To the trainers who do a thankless job each week, including Sharelle Vella, Kevin Hayes and Sean McLarty, thanks very much.
Awards: Wingates - Ned Connell, Crusty Loaf Bakery - Brandon Einsporn, Subway - Tre Johnson, Tungamah Shop - Tom Elliott
Tungamah 2.4 16 defeated by Finley 15.7 97 What a beautiful day it was for the last round of the year.
The Tungamah boys ran out their usually chirpy selves, some for their last game in the 4ths, a couple in their 2nd and most ready to just enjoy their last game for the season.
In what was a one sided game, there was still plenty to cheer about, with wonderful sportsmanship from both sides.
The crowd witnessed little Cats tying up even littler Bears shoelaces and the amazing response the littlest bear of all got when he played on, ran straight into the goal square and kicked his very first goal.
The boys once again showed their improvement as both individuals and as a team.
Many started the season timid and lacked the confidence to go for the ball, this has most definitely changed, each and every one of the boys have put in an amazing effort for their team.
In a team that is dominated by bottom age, they have a lot to look forward to in the next couple of years.
Thank you to their coaches, Truey and Millsy.
To their runner Brush and to everyone who helped fill the number of jobs each and every week, especially those few that helped week in, week out. Awards: Crusty Loaf- Liam Williams, Maccas- Jackson Purtell, Luke Mills, Subway- Seth Haebich, Tunga MerchandiseJudd Haebich, Aaron Mills, Harvey Thomson. Goals: Judd Haebich 1, Luke Mills 1. Best: Seth Haebich, Jackson Purtell, Liam Williams, Luke Mills, Harvey Thomson, Aaron Mills.
Adam Dodd with children Millie and Byron about to run through the banner for Dodd’s 300th.
Jim Irvine looks to get out of pressure.
Adam Dodd kicked five in his 300th match for the Bears.