Bears enjoy easy victory over Dookie

June 21, 2017

After a slow start, perhaps a hangover from the top of the table clash the previous week, the Bears eventually ran out comfortable 76 point winners at Dookie.

The home team started with plenty of run and were accurate in their disposals where Tungamah were spraying their kicks and not providing a lot of protection for each other, making scoring difficult.

Goals to Matt Clark and Jez O’Brien still left the Bears down by a goal at quarter time.

A fair spray by Co-coach Nick Doyle at the break saw the whole team lift in the second by dominating the clearances and steadying to kick truly to targets.

The on ball brigade of Travis Hayes, Jim Irvine, Kade Rowe, Drew Haebich, Nick Doyle and Bodhi Butts were being ruthless in their attack on the ball and were able to deliver to Clark and O’Brien for another two each as well as singles to Doyle, Leigh Howroyd and Duane Haebich.

The backline work of Dan Clarke, Nick Irvine, Glenn Dominick, Leigh Howroyd and Justin Saunders was absolutely dominant in this term only allowing Dookie a single behind.

A 45 point turn around saw Tungamah lead by 39 points at the main break.

The third term saw the boys take the foot off the pedal again and allow Dookie to outscore Tungamah with a few undisciplined acts resulting in goals from 50 metre penalties and frees downfield.

The tackle count was up but once again the delivery of the ball was off target, causing frustration for leading forwards such as Matt Clark and Ash Saunders.

The final term saw the team re-focus and work for each other more by way of blocking, to allow time to deliver resulting in goals to Rowe, Duane Haebich, Ash Saunders, Jim Irvine and another two to O’Brien.

In the end a comfortable win after really only playing two good quarters of team oriented footy.

Lots of credit to the backline for standing up to plenty of pressure during the day and some things to think about before taking on Waaia at home next week.


A lot of work went into getting match ups right as the team had a few out and Dookie had many influential players.

At the end of some scrappy movement forward Josh Pettit marked and capitalised.

The first quarter was about getting structure right and being accountable.

Josh Pettit outmarked three and kicked a major early in the second.

Dylan Chung got let off the chain and scored a long bomb then Josh again was strong in the air and scored.

The half time talk was about concentration for a full quarter as Dookie came home strong in the second.

third quarter goals to Ben Irvine helped steady the ship. Match ups looked like they were working and the runners picked up a gear.

Mat Powell kicked a goal after the siren in the third and Tungamah went into the last quarter knowing Dookie would throw everything at them.

Dan Whykes kicked a well-deserved major and Dookie were held scoreless in the last and due to some solid training, fitness looked improved.

It was hard to pick best and awards as everyone contributed.

Special mention to Haydn Kelly, Dan Whykes, Matt Powell, Ben Irvine, Gus and Shane T who perform at high levels every week.

Score: Dookie 6.3 def by Tungamah 13.7.

Awards: Cellarbrations Josh Pettit, Terminus Hotel Corey Bourke, Crusty Loaf Mitch Adkins.

Goals: Pettit 4,Irvine 3, singles to Bourke, Chung, Powell, Whykes, Hawking, McMillan.

Under 17s

Brandon Einsporn got the boys off to a great start with three quick goals and went on to kick a bagful as did Will Sharp who is always dangerous in front of goal.

Tre Johnson played a blinder, well backed up by Gus Heslin, a reliable contributor each week, Jacob Vella who played a good defensive game and Liam Connell in the ruck.

The speedsters Wally Thomson, Tom Elliott, Blayze YoungMail, Randall Perkinson and Blake Adkins were in and out of the game but turning it on when required and Oscar Willis was making his presence felt playing intelligent football.

Liam Einsporn and Lach Elliott had few opportunities playing down back but when the ball did venture into the backline they got the job done.

Tom Lidgerwood came into the game in the second half marking strongly and kicking four goals.

Seth Haebich worked hard up forward doing the hard stuff, helping other contributors in Jack Clarke, Jack Ardle and Dylan Sidebottom all kicking goals.

Awards: Brandon Einsporn Yarrarewards, Tre Johnson Crusty Loaf, Jacob Vella Tungamah Shop, Wally Thomson and Liam Connell.

Goals: Brandon Einsporn 6, Will Sharp 5, Tom Lidgerwood 4, Jack Clarke 1, Jack Ardle 1, Angus Heslin 1, Dylan Sidebottom 1.


Tungamah 2.2, 9.6, 11.10, 18.15 (123)

Dookie United 3.2, 3.3, 6.5, 7.5 (47)

GOALS, Tungamah :

J. O'Brien 6, M. Clark 3, J. Irvine 2, D. Haebich 2, N. Doyle 1, L. Howroyd 1, A. Saunders 1, T. Hayes 1, K. Rowe 1

Dookie United :

A. Cormican 2, R. Hamilton 2, P. McMullan 2, L. Harmer 1

BEST, Tungamah :

D. Clarke, B. Butts, N. Irvine, K. Rowe, T. Hayes, J. O'Brien

Dookie United :

K. Tapscott, M. Kitto, R. Hamilton, C. Hayes, A. O'Connor, L. O'Connor

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