Reserves fight for the win

June 07, 2017

Joel McAllen in reserves action for Tungamah.

Lachlan Elliott juggles the ball.

Tungamah Reserves were once again short this week with only 17 players available due to injuries, work and illness to take on Katandra.
Thirds boys Lach Elliott and Brandon Einsporn were called upon and proved valuable additions.
After a slow start and only a slim 20 point lead at half time, the Tungamah boys knew it was time to lift their work rate.
Damien Powell was lively all around the ground with great support from Dan Whykes on the wing and Shane Thompson in the centre.  
Josh Bozzola and Hayden Kennedy used their bodies well in the back line while at the other end of the ground big Lach Elliott and Josh Petitt continued their fine form by booting 4 goals each with Corey Bourke and Matt Powell contributing 2 each.
Katandra played clever tactics flooding the Tungamah forward 50.
Michael Ciccia at centre half forward overcame the congested forward line by presenting hard and giving options through the middle.
The reserves now set their sights now on probably the biggest game of the year, trying to topple Shepparton East.
After not playing well the last time they met, the boys are pumped and ready to redeem themselves.
Tungamah 12.5.77 defeated Katandra 6.0.36.
Goals: L. Elliott 4, J. Pettit 4, C. Bourke 2, M. Powell 2
Best: D. Powell, J. Pettit, H. Kennedy, J. Bozzola, S. Thomson, D. Whykes

Under 17s

A big challenge for the thirds at Katandra, taking on the undefeated side on their home turf.
The Tungamah boys were keen to see where they stood, even though positions on the ladder would suggest a big win to Katandra.
It was a good quality game of football on a well presented oval.
The backline stood tall and withstood plenty of pressure and forward thrusts, led well by Angus Heslin and Tre Johnson.
Jack Clarke and Tom Elliott were also great down in defence. Liam Connell tried hard in the middle of the ground, supported by Jacob Vella.
Brandon Einsporn was given the task of quelling Katandra’s best player and that he did very well, then later in the game repelled plenty of inside 50s down in defence.
Tom Lidgerwood presented well on the forward line and Blayze Young-Mail was in and under packs whether down forward or in the centre of the ground.
Mitch Hooper stepped up from the fourths to help out, in his debut for the thirds, kicking a goal.
Wally Thomson showed pace with plenty of run and carry, kicking a ripper running goal after a few bounces.
Tungamah was in the game up until about half way the last quarter, behind by only two goals, and with a sniff of clinching victory, but Katandra steadied and kicked the last few goals of the game.
The tackling pressure was great, the boys just let themselves down a bit with their disposal and entries into the forward 50; the forwards must learn to play in front.
Tungamah 4.5.29 def by Katandra 8.5.53.
Awards: Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Tre Johnson, Crusty Loaf Bakery Liam Connel, Tungamah Shop Angus Heslin, Tungamah Canteen Encouragement Award Mitch Hooper.


On yet another perfect day for football the boys ran onto the field with a few boys out although confidence still with them.
Playing well as a team the game was one the Bears took hold of early kicking two goals to Katandra’s none in the first quarter.
The second quarter saw both teams kick one each, although Tungamah was still in control of the game.
All boys contributed to the team effort and they kicked away from their opponents scoring five goals in the second half with Cam Ford kicking his first goal for the Bears and enjoying the success.
Tungamah 8.7.55 def Katandra 1.4.10.
Goals: Desi O’Kane, Mitch Goldman, Aaron Mills, Cam Ford, Oscar Willis.
Awards: Golf Club Levi Saunders, Crusty Loaf Jack Costigan, Crusty Loaf Cam Ford, Canteen Mitch Hooper, Tungamah Shop Luke Mills.
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