With the top of the ladder looking a bit crowded towards the end of the season the Bears played a solid four quarter game to defeat Katandra by 162 points at Jubilee Park on Saturday in blustery conditions.
With the celebration of the old Wilby Football Club’s last premiership in 1967, and the boys playing in heritage jumpers, the day was a huge success. Thanks to all of the organisers and contributors to what was a great event.
The first quarter started with a quick centre clearance and goal to Katandra before the Tungamah boys settled into their rhythm.
Jim Irvine and Jarrod O’Shea were sharing the ruck duties and there were plenty of contributors around the clearances with Tom Wilson, Drew Haebich, Brady Hayes, Kade Rowe and Chris Powell getting the ball moving forward.
Matt Clark was working hard across half forward as well as Jez O’Brien, Ash Saunders and Duane Haebich who all scored goals in the quarter to give the Bears a thirty-two point lead at the first break.
Tungamah really got their fast play on game going in the second term as the backline locked down and provided plenty of run, not to mention carry, through the likes of Ada Connell, Dan Clarke and Nick Irvine.
Bodhi Butts was being and absolute tackling machine along with Tom Wilson and Katandra could not get an easy possession anywhere on the ground.
Quick transition, direct kicking and strong leads resulted in Saunders and O’Brien kicking three each along with singles to Haebich and Powell to have a massive 84 point lead at half time.
Complacency wasn’t an issue in the third as Nick Doyle showed some brilliance around the packs racking up plenty of touches along with Damian Payne who was marking strongly and giving off to the run of Kade Rowe and Brady Hayes.
Multiple goals once again to O’Brien, Haebich and Wilson saw the lead continue to blow out.
The final term saw the backline refuse to allow any score as Tungamah dominated possession to go on to win a percentage booster with a consistent four quarter performance.
It was pleasing to see the successful return from injury of O’Shea, Powell and Doyle as we head into the final three rounds where we play two of the top sides and prepare for the finals series.
Thanks to sponsors Cellarbrations, the Terminus Hotel and the Crusty Loaf Bakery who awarded to our fantastic trainers Kev Hayes and Bruce Newham this week along with Duane Haebich and Dan Clarke.
Weather was going to be a factor on Saturday and although the wind seemed to favour one end at times, the wind was blustery and effected accuracy of kicking all over the ground throughout the match.
Adam Dodd was a major in and very early kicked the first quarter’s only goal.
The backline held up to conditions and the Katandra attack well with Gamble, Connell, Bourke, Flanagan and Whykes getting a lot of the ball.
In the second Chung was dynamite and scored early.
Matt Powell cleared a forward line storage with class but the wind grabbed the ball despite his effort to keep it low.
Will Kirchen kicked a major that everyone lost off the boot and it held up in the swirling wind and somehow went through untouched.
Kirchen kicked 3 for the game, proving to be a big body that it is hard for the opposition to match up on.
Richardson was on fire in the third and Chung was dominating and Shane Thomson was his normal solid self.
Dan Williams was staring to impose himself on the game and Bourkey was getting a lot more of the ball in his new role and having a real influence
The last quarter saw Tungamah kick 5 and push away. Movement of the ball was better in the last two quarters and the likes of Matt Powell, Whykes, Williams, Dodd and Ciccia were getting a lot of the ball.
Flanagan went down like he had been shot in the hamstring but early reports are its all good.
Will Prescott showed his goal sneak values and snapped truly through heavy traffic.
Gamble was solid with four consistent quarters
Score: Tungamah 13.13.90 def Katandra 2.1.13
Goals: Chung 3, Ciccia 1, Dodd 2, Kirchen 3, Powell 1, Prescott 1, Richardson1,Whykes 1.
The Bears hosted top side Katandra at the Bear Pit in windy conditions on Saturday.
The boys started badly and were given a football lesson by the opposition in the first quarter.
The game was pretty much over after Katandra slammed on 4 goals in the first 5 minutes of the match.
If the team is to advance in the finals, the boys must be much harder at the footy, be prepared to take a hit in a contest, must work for each other and have the right frame of mind from the first bounce.
The second half was a much more even contest, both sides kicking only 1 goal each.
Tungamah’s youngsters showed the way led by Seth Haebich and Des O’Kane along the half backline.
Jack Clarke was another good backline player, one of Tungamah’s very few winners on the ground for the day supported by Liam Einsporn at fullback.
Liam Connell tried hard in the ruck all game, he was also the team’s only goalkicker, kicking 2 goals.
Blake Adkins and Will Sharp worked hard in the middle, but the bigger bodies and harder running of the opposition proved too good on the day.
Overall a disappointing result, but that is footy.
If the boys can work hard on the track over the coming few weeks, and have a positive mindset, they will hopefully get another chance in to upset the ladder leaders in the finals.
Scores: Tungamah 2.2.14 def by Katandra 9.10.64.
Thanks to the award sponsors Wingates, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort, Crusty Loaf Bakery, Tungamah Shop.
Best Players: Seth Haebich, Des O’Kane, Liam Connell, Liam Einsporn, Jack Clarke, Blake Adkins. Auction Player - Seth Haebich.
In blustery conditions Tungamah welcomed the Kats to the Bear Pit.
Coach Truie asked the boys for a solid four quarter effort leading up to the finals.
The first quarter saw the Bears open up with five unanswered goals.
The next two quarters were a tough struggle with the Kats flooding the forward line and stifling Tungamah’s scoring attempts.
The blustery conditions showed on the score board.
The last quarter saw the game open up slightly and the Bears were able to score multiple goals.
It was a solid win with everyone contributing.
The top aged boys all played well bringing the younger boys into the game.
Score: Tungamah 10.15.75 def Katandra 0.0.0.
Awards: YMGCR - Ben Griffin, Crusty Loaf Bakery - Jack Costigan, Canteen- Pacey Haebich and Jaxon Raven, Tungamah Shop - Lucas Eales.
Best: Ben Griffin, Jack Costigan, Rory Kruse, Mitch Hoooer, Mitch Goldman, Desi O’Kane.
Goals: Jack Costigan 3, Ned Connell 2, Mitch Goldman 2, Desi O’Kane 2, Oscar Willis 1.
Clubs support Blake’s battle
A fantastic effort by both the Tungamah Football Netball Club and the Katandra Football Netball Club to raise a total of $1716.55 on Saturday to support Katandra’s Blake Damon.
All money raised on Saturday went to Blake and his family to help assist in his fight against Leukaemia after he was diagnosed with the illness earlier this year.
The donated sum included money from the raffle tickets, the blanket run and the auction of the first Wilby football jumper ($400) and a check for $220 from the Tungamah senior players who all decided to donate from their match payments
Everyone wishes Blake, Rhys, Nicole and Camo all the best.