After a disappointing performance against Rennie last week Tungamah bounced back with a strong performance against Katamatite, winning by 119 points.
The Bears unveiled another two debutants on Saturday with youngster Wally Thomson and the ever-reliable Tom Flanagan getting an opportunity after some solid performances in the reserves. This takes the season tally to 41 different senior players
Tungamah got off to a flyer in the first quarter booting 8 goals to 1.
The midfield of Butts, Rowe and Wilson were dominating proceedings thanks to the tap work on new ruckman Chris Oliver.
The forwards were provided with plenty of opportunity with Saunders and Payne proving to be handful for the Katamatite defence.
Inaccurate kicking in the second term prevented Tungamah from extending their lead further. The Bears only managed 2.6 to Katamatite’s 2.1.
The third term was much the same as the second with some poor field kicking from Tungamah keeping Katamatite in the contest.
The Bears were able to increase their lead by 6 points taking a 53 point lead into three quarter time.
The Bears saved their best for last, kicking 11 goals to 1 in the last quarter.
Some structural changes by the coaching panel at three quarter team proved a master stroke with Saunders and O’Brien the main beneficiaries kicking 3 goals each for the term.
Oliver again gave the midfield an armchair ride with Hayes, Butts, Rowe and Wilson all getting on the end of some fine tap work.
Debutant Wally Thomson was able to kick a goal after some unselfish play from Saunders - no doubt this will be the first of many.
Leigh Howroyd was another who hit the scoreboard sneaking down from the backline to kick a great running goal.
Credit must also be given to the backline who held Katamatite to 6 goals for the game.
The Bears look like they are starting to build some momentum leading into the last block of games before finals.
Next week Tungamah take on Katandra at home which coincides with the club’s Wilby Day.
The club would love to see past players, families, friends and supporters of the former Wilby Saints Football Club to join in on the day.
The boys will be wearing Wilby jumpers which will be auctioned off after the game. Come along and support the day.
The Tungamah Reserves secured their place in the top three on Saturday by dominating the game from start to finish.
In the pre-game address the players were urged to bounce back from last week’s defeat and find the passion and intensity they have displayed throughout the year.
Tungamah had 7 players contributing goals with big Will Kirchen and Alan Richardson kicking 3 majors each.
Nic Megarrity was superb in the ruck, with the 3 Josh’s - Petit, Bozzola and Buerckner - all stand outs in a strong side.
Corey Bourke relished his role down back, reading the play well and marking strongly and was well supported by Cal Giggins and Jack Connell.
Shane Thompson, Matt Powell, Shaun Hawking and Hayden Kennedy all continued their consistent form, while the younger players, Mitch Adkins and Will Prescott both contributed to a good team performance.
The win was celebrated with a team lunch on Sunday with expectations starting to build for the improvement in player attendance at training last week to continue going forward if Tungamah are to be genuine contenders through the finals.
Final score Tungamah 11.13.79 to Katamatite 1.0.6 with Katamatite managing their only score in the last quarter.
The Bears travelled over to Katty knowing a win would promote them up the ladder to the double chance finals position, with 4 rounds to go.
The boys put in a great team performance, win the son of a gun Wally Thomson leading the way with a dominant performance, his best game of the season.
Wally was eager to impress, knowing he was selected in his first senior footy game for later in the day as the sub.
Liam Connell was brilliant in the ruck again, giving first use of the footy to Blayze Young-Mail and Will Sharp.
The backline stood tall, with a Brandon Einsporn and Tom Elliott on a school holiday, led by Gus Heslin and Jacob Vella.
Randall Perkinson’s run was great to see, with plenty of run and carry.
Lachie Elliott led up front playing good team orientated footy, linking up with his fellow teammates, well supported by Tom Lidgerwood.
The pair of Jacks in Ardle and Clarke were solid performers all day.
The Bears had five fourths players step up to the thirds to help out, well done to Mitch Goldman who snagged 2 last quarter goals, Oscar Willis, Ben Griffin, Seth Haebich and Ned Connell.
Everyone really contributed, there were no passengers.
Overall the thirds won by just over 10 goals, a solid win, set up with a 6 to zero second quarter.
Thanks to sponsors Yarrawonga Golf Club Resort, Crusty Loaf Bakery, Tungamah Shop. Best Players included Auction Player Wally Thomson, Gus Heslin, Jack Ardle, Randall Perkinson, Lachie Elliott and Tom Lidgerwood.