Bears come out firing against Katunga

May 10, 2017
A blistering opening quarter helped Tungamah ease to a comfortable 46-point win against Katunga on Saturday in the Picola District Football League south-east division.
The visitors silenced the home crowd from the outset, kicking eight goals to one in the first quarter.
‘‘We were pretty good on Saturday,’’ Tungamah coach Jeremy O’Brien said.
‘‘We started the game very well and then from then on it was an even contest.’’
Heading into Saturday’s encounter, O’Brien encouraged his men to come out firing and believed that early scoreboard pressure would be crucial if they were to beat the Swans on their home deck.
‘‘It is always good to get a good start and on Saturday it showed that if we come out firing, we will be able to dictate the rest of the game,’’ O’Brien said.
Brent Chapman and Damian Payne booted four goals apiece for the hosts and O’Brien applauded the work of his two-pronged forward line.
‘‘They were fortunate enough to benefit from our great work up the field,’’ O’Brien said.
‘‘We have been fortunate to have so many goal-kickers this season, teams will not know how to line up against us in the future.’’
Bodhi Butts also continued his dominant start to the season, claiming best-on-ground honours for the second time as the Bears look to close the gap on reigning premier Shepparton East.
Katunga co-coach Daniel Burness said a lack of concentration in the first quarter really cost his side.
‘‘We did not start that bad, but there was a 10-minute patch there where Tungamah were super and we could not get our hands on the ball,’’ Burness said.
‘‘They just whizzed the ball around, but other than that we were pretty good.’’
Katunga is 2-3, but Burness believed his side was on the right path to success.
After five rounds Tungamah sits equal second with four wins.

Once again the Tungamah Reserves pulled through with limited numbers due to injuries and unavailability.
Thanks to Sean Baker, Lach Elliott and Brandon Einsporn for filling in for the day.
Ben Irvine was killing the ruck contest giving the on ballers first use against Katunga.
Tungamah had plenty of the play early on but inaccuracy in front of goal meant they weren’t capitalising on the scoreboard.
Katandra was putting up a great fight and it was obvious it was going to be an arm wrestle right up to the final siren.
Damien Powell showed his trademark hard, gritty brand of footy all day while Tom Flanagan, Nick Gamble, Jack Connell, Chris Johnston, Hayden Kennedyand Joel McAllen once again gelled together as a backline and made it extremely hard for the opposition to score.
Half time saw some positional changes and with only 2 points the difference, the game was there for the taking.
Lach Elliott’s change to full forward reaped immediate rewards when he nailed 3 goals in 15 minutes and saw Tungamah start to take control of the game.
A great team effort with players having to play out of their usual positions due to having so many blokes unable to play.  
Everyone stood up and played their roles well and the team walked away with a very satisfying 13-point win.
With Tungamah now sitting in second spot they take on third placed Rennie on after a well-deserved week’s break.

Under 17s
The Bears travelled over to Katunga to take on a very good Katunga side, looking to build on recent wins.
It was a very even match, with the Bears taking their chances and Will Sharp snagging a few goals early.
Liam Connell was doing great in the ruck, giving first use of the ball to Blake Adkins, Wally Thomson, Will Sharp and Blayze Young-Mail.
Brandon Einsporn was brilliant down back, an amazing game in defence.
Tre Johnson played up the ground and continued his good form, while Gus Heslin contributed heavily whether up forward, or down back.
The wizard, Harley Sampson, put on heavy pressure across the middle of the ground, supported well by the twin Tom’s, of Lidgerwood and Elliott.
Both Jack’s tried hard up forward, assisted well by Ned Connell who come up to assist the older boys, after dominating in the 4ths.
A highly contested game which could have gone either way. The Bears fell just short by 2 points.
Tungamah 5.6.36 defeated by Katunga 5.8.38.
Awards: Crusty Loaf Bakery - Brandon Einsporn, Yarrawona Golf Club Resort - Blake Adkins, Tungamah Shop - Liam Connell, Tunga Canteen - Tre Johnson. Auction Player - Blake Adkins.

Under 14s
The Under 14s got off to a fantastic start on a beautiful sunny morning against a team higher on the ladder.
The backline repelled everything that came their way. With ease the centres delivered the ball to the forward line who then locked it in.
The team held Katunga off from scoring their first goal until the last quarter.
Dave praised every boy for contributing to the game.
Tungamah 5.3.33 defeated Katunga 3.4.22.
Goals: Mitch Goldman 2, Oscar Willis 1, Ned Connell 1 and Liam Williams 1.
Awards: Ned Connell, Desi O’Kane, Oscar Willis, Aaron Mills and Liam Williams.
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