And in the end they didn’t disappoint with a resounding 126 point win over Katamatite in Jarrod O’Shea’s 100th senior game for the club.
The match started with O’Shea in the ruck and onballers Kade Rowe, Tom Wilson, Drew Haebich, Travis Hayes, Bodhi Butts and Jim Irvine getting plenty of clearances to drive the ball repeatedly into the forward 50.
Within five minutes Ash Saunders, returning after a compulsory lay off, kicked the first of his many goals for the day.
Katamatite were putting up a valiant effort in defence but Brady Hayes was delivering well and by the end of the term Saunders and Rowe had two a piece along with Matt Clark with one.
The Bears out to a 26 point lead, although still not playing their most disciplined footy.
Throughout the remainder of the match the Bears improved their tackling and were more patient and precise with their delivery of the ball as asked by Coach Jeremy O’Brien at half time to “play your role in a cohesive team effort”.
Dan Clarke was busy all day across the back including plenty of ruck duties and the desperation of young Nick Irvine shone repeatedly.
Veteran Adam Dodd was also prominent as he cleared the ball on many occasions along with the run and carry of Ada Connell and Leigh Howroyd.
In the end a great team effort in a side which changes weekly but shows the depth of the club as players called up from the reserves fill their spots well.
A special mention to Ash Saunders, with 12 goals for the day and Matt Clark who seems to have the motor of a 737 jet and covers a mountain of territory each week.
Having played everyone once, Tungamah has a good position on the ladder, plenty of depth in the club and can only keep improving as they head into the middle of the season.
Katandra away next week - go Bears.
ReservesA change in the team with some outs and promotions showcased the team’s depth.
Gus McMillan was very strong overhead and provided a real target up forward. Michael Ciccia was presenting and also providing a target.
Dylan Chung was given a job to do and did exactly what was asked of him and provided bursts of run and carry.
Haydn Kelly kicked a trade mark goal from the wing.
Alan Richardson kicked his second deep in the second quarter then Josh Pettit took a juggling mark and slotted one.
With just seconds to go Josh Pettit was on the end of a good passage of play and drilled his second.
Mitch Pettit learnt a lot from the support of experienced senior player Sam Lidgerwood mentoring from the bench.
Corey Bourke kicked two late in the game along with Josh Bozzola.
Katamatite never gave up for the entire game and held Tungamah to two goals in the last.
Everyone put in and well done to Damo Powell, Jack Connell, Tom Flanagan, Nick Gamble, Ian Oliver, Will Prescott and Joel McAllen.
Finding a best was hard as the entire team stood out with strong defence, a good on ball team and potent forward line.
Ian Oliver was judged by the umpires as best on ground and won the shield.
Score: Tungamah 13.15-93 def Katamatite 2.0-12.
Goals: Matt Powell, Haydn Kelly, Ian Oliver, Alan Richardson, Damo Powell, Josh Pettit 2, Josh Bozzola 2, Gus McMillan, Corey Bourke 2.
Awards: Crusty Loaf Bakery Gus McMillan, Terminus Hotel Shaun Hawkins, Cellarbrations Daniel Whykes.
Under 17sTungamah hosted Katamatite at the Bear Pit and Katty kicked the first goal, but the the Bears kicked into gear and played a very good first quarter of footy, slamming on six goals in reply.
Tom Lidgerwood playing up forward started the game well, along with Liam Connell who kicked three first quarter goals.
Blake Adkins was lively all day, supported well by Blayze Young-Mail and Brandon Einsporn, who is playing some great footy this year.
Tre Johnson was another good player, playing up the ground, running hard at the footy, head over the ball and reaping the rewards.
The second quarter was wasteful on Tungamah’s part, kicking eight points to no score.
The boys kicked into gear again in the third quarter with a pair of Jack’s, Ardle and Clarke, kicking two goals and one goal respectively.
Wally Thomson and Gus Heslin were doing well down back, supported well by brothers Tom and Lachie Elliott.
Ben Griffin stepped up after a good performance in the Fourths to debut in the Thirds and did not look out of place down half back.
In the end Tungamah won by 82 points, a good hard fought win.
Next week the boys get to take on Katandra, the ladder leaders, a good chance to see where they are at for 2017.
Score: Tungamah 13.17-95 def Katamatite 2.1-13.
Awards: Wingates Tre Johnson, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Tom Lidgerwood, Crusty Loaf Bakery Wally Thomson, Tungamah Shop Brandon Einsporn, Tungamah Canteen Jack Clarke.