It was raining goals at Tungamah as a 193-point demolition of Dookie almost certainly secured the Bears the minor premiership.
Duane Haebich (six goals), Brent Chapman (five), Matt Clark (four) and Ash Saunders (four) filled their boots as the Bears cruised to a 34.15 (219) to 4.2 (26) win.
Ruckman Chris Oliver, Tom Wilson and Bodhi Butts also starred in the rout.
United managed to kick a goal in each quarter, with Kyle Tapscott bagging three.
The huge win for the Bears has them 21 percentage points clear of Shepparton East, who sit equal on 14 wins heading into the final round of the season.
Jeremy O’Brien’s side can seal the minor premiership with a victory on the road at Waaia on Saturday, while Dookie will finish its year against Katamatite.
The Bears have won four games on the trot and will take flag favouritism into September.
Nick Gamble is having a great year and started the game in great form this week for the Tungamah Reserves.
In congested play Ian Oliver hit Will Kirchen lace out and perennial champ Josh Buerkner kicked a goal from the pack.
Kicking inaccuracy in the first quarter marred a good start. Jack Connell led from the front and looked to improve kicking accuracy.
Matt Powell pushed hard and trapped the ball in the forward line and kicked a skilful goal while Michael Ciccia showed brilliance and took some strong marks and kicked one from the pocket.
Matt Powell’s work in the second was outstanding. Richo, Megarrity, and the two Powells worked hard to keep pressure in the forward line and trap the ball which resulted in a goal.
In the third Buerkner and Richo worked hard along with Dan Williams.
The final score highlights the issue for the reserves and the game limped to an end with Ben Irvine kicking truly along with Damo Powell.
Last home game and a big thanks to the support staff and volunteers for their work.
Tungamah 10.21.81 def Dookie 1.1.7.
Tungamah hosted Dookie knowing they needed to win the last two games, including this one, to have a chance to get into top 3 on the ladder and host a home final in 2 weeks time.
The boys started slowly, but then banged on 8 goals quickly in the latter part of the first quarter, led again in the middle by Liam Connell who is having a great season.
Will Sharp was brilliant in the middle, along with Brandon Einsporn who had plenty of the air conveyance.
Plenty of unselfish footy from Will meant the forwards had the footy put on the chest in front of goal.
Jack Clarke was very reliable on his wing, as was Dylan Sidebottom who also played up the ground and had time in the middle.
Randall Perkinson showed plenty of pace, his run and carry great to watch.
Lachie Elliott was great whether down forward early, or down at centre half back or in the middle relieving Liam Connell from ruck duties.
Angus Heslin was his reliable self down at centre half back, rebounding the footy regularly.
Tom Lidgerwood was again a good contributor down forward, bagging 4 goals, supported well by youngsters Desi O’Kane with 3 goals and Oscar Willis with 2 goals.
The Bears had 13 goalkickers for the game, after the back men were released up forward to have a crack late in the game.
In the end Tungamah had a good win, but it will all come down to next the game at Waaia, a game the team must win to remain in third spot on the ladder or lose and slip back to fourth position and Sunday footy finals.
Tungamah 21.7.133 def Dookie 1.3.9.
Awards: Wingates - Dylan Sidebottom, Yarrawonga Golf Club Resort - Tom Lidgerwood, Crusty Loaf Bakery - Will Sharp, Tungamah Shop - Brandon Einsporn, Tungamah Canteen - Randall Perkinson. Auction Player - Will Sharp
The fourths welcomed the young Dookie side to the Bear Pit on Saturday.
It was great to see Dookie fielding a near full side. Thanks to the boys who filled in for Dookie.
The forward line had a day out with 30 goals scored. Tungamah had winners all over the ground.
The ruckman and on ballers dominated the play. A disciplined back line held their positions well and shut down Dookie’s forward thrusts.
A fantastic over all team effort. Let’s back it up next week at Waaia.
Score: Tungamah 30.13.193 defeated Dookie 0.0.0.
Awards: Golf Club: Mitch Goldman, Crusty Loaf: Luke Mills, Canteen: Ben Griffin, Tyler True, Tungamah Shop: Lucas Eales, Levi Saunders