In a welcome return to form the Bears defeated fifth placed Katunga by a percentage boosting 105 points at Jubilee Park on Saturday.
The return of the Irvine brothers and a more team-focused game by all players was a welcome sight to supporters.
The first term set the scene for the day as the likes of Drew Haebich, Travis Hayes and Kade Rowe set a great example in their attack on the ball and fierce tackling along with level-headed delivery to the leading targets of Brent Chapman and Ash Saunders.
Glenn Dominick was once again doing a great job in the ruck and continued all day long.
The first break saw reward for effort in a 25 point lead.
Great defence by the likes of Dan Clarke, Leigh Howroyd and Nick Irvine repelled plenty of Katunga’s forward entries to limit their goals to only three by half time.
Bodhi Butts was his usual busy self and Matt Clark was running end to end covering plenty of territory and providing a goal scoring avenue.
The tackling of the forward line was a highlight of the quarter as they refused to let the ball out of their 50 resulting in seven goals for the quarter and a 56 point half time lead.
The third saw the intensity continue with some positive handball work around the stoppages from the likes of Jim Irvine, Ian Oliver, Jez O’Brien and Brady Hayes who was an absolute tackling machine across the whole day.
Damian Payne was up and about, whether down back or providing an option up forward, and Justin Saunders and Ada Connell continued to provide run from the back half; a 72 point lead at the final break.
Another seven goal term in the last saw the Bears really get on with the job with the likes of Tom Wilson and Duane Haebich, who could have had a bag on the day but for some inaccurate kicking, really going to town.
It was great to see a four quarter effort from the whole team to finish with a big win.
A week off next week for the general bye and then a big game against Rennie away in two weeks time.
Awards: Cellarbrations Drew Haebich, Terminus Hotel Brady Hayes, Crusty Loaf Bakery Whoopa Irvine.
Tungamah hosted Katunga at the Bear Pit, a very important game for the boys with top 3 aspirations - Katunga sitting third on the ladder, three games ahead of Tungamah in fourth position.
A few fourths boys stepped up to help out and did not out look out of place at all, including the smooth Oscar Willis, classy Ned Connell and the son of a bull Ben Griffin.
All boys did very well, especially after a great win in the fourths.
Ned’s older brother Liam was the standout performer on the day, leading from the front in the ruck, giving first use of the footy to the on-ball brigade, led by Blayze Young-Mail, with great support from Will Sharp and Blake Adkins.
Angus Heslin repelled plenty of opposition forward thrusts and continues to improve.
Tom Lidgerwood played another solid game, using the footy well, always looking for a player in a better position, with great support from Lachie Elliott who spent time up forward snagging four goals.
Tom Elliott also chipped in nicely on the wing, playing a good game.
The roadrunners Wally Thomson and Randall Perkinson were blistering with their pace and just thrive on getting the footy and tucking the ball under the arm and running hard, which is great to see.
The game was basically over at half time with the young Bears kicking 10 goals to nil.
Overall a great team performance, one of the better performances this year, which shows the boys deserve to be contenders.
Other multiple goal kickers were Tom Lidgerwood and Oscar Willis with three goals each and Blake Adkins with two goals.
A week off this weekend before another extremely important game at Rennie, who sit second on the ladder; a great chance to see where the young Bears stand.
Tungamah 15.14.104 def Katunga 3.5.23.
Awards: Wingates Liam Connell, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Tom Lidgerwood, Crusty Loaf Bakery Blayze Young-Mail, Tungamah Shop Lachie Elliott, Tungamah Canteen Angus Heslin, Auction Player Liam Connell.