The Dodd Show

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

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.

Re­serves

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.

Thirds

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

Fourths

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.

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