Bears bad start costly

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Tungamah started on the back foot allowing Congupna to score nine goals in the first quarter while only managing two themselves.  


Congupna 9.3 14.9 16.12 19.16 130

Tungamah 2.5 5.7 10.11 13.13 91

Goals: Tungamah: Ashley Saunders 4, Matthew Bourke 2, Angus Ford 1, Wally Thomson 1, Jeremy O’Brien 1, Nick Lawless 1, Dylan Scott 1, Duane Haebich 1, Bodhi Butts 1. Congupna: Daniel Schaper 5, Jak Trewin 4, Daniel Campbell 4, Mathew Cornwall 2, Jordan Gee 1, Dillon Hammer 1, Tate Mifka 1, Patrick Jacobson 1.

Best: Tungamah: Jake Jones, Nicholas Doyle, Matthew Bourke, Nick Lawless, Kade Rowe, Ashley Saunders. Congupna: Patrick Jacobson, Tate Mifka, Hayden Durston, Bryden Squire, Joseph Dwyer, Daniel Schaper.

For the rest of the game the Bears battled to peg back the deficit despite outscoring Congupna in the third term. 

Ash Saunders remains on top of the league goal kicking ladder snaring four majors for the Bears, with Jake Jones and Nick Doyle also among their better players.

Daniel Schaper booted five goals for Congupna to help lift his side to a 39-point win.


Tungamah 6.12.48 def by Congupna 8.12.60

The reserve boys also started off slowly, playing catch up footy and almost pulling off the win late in the game. 

This happened as the boys realised hard work and determination is required to get a win. Alex Ross played a great game at centre half back continually repelling many Congupna advances, marking everything and running and driving the ball long into the forward line. 

Dan Whykes up against taller opposition, battled hard down back alongside the determined Jess Whinray. 

On ballers Alan Richardson, Shane Thomson and Ben Beaton picked up their work rate in the second half to have big influences on the game. 

Jack Clarke on the wing had a great game and was continually in and under the pack and racking up possessions. 

Adrian Connell was running the length of the ground trying to drag the boys across the line, marking and continually putting the ball into the forward line. 

Jarryd Ash had a great game kicking three telling goals and also taking some strong contested marks. 

Jacob Bartlett with his long kicking and strong marking also tried hard, but in the end the boys fell short and now sit 3-3 going into the bye. 

This may be a telling loss and hopefully a big wakeup call that they do have to work hard for the whole game and not have lapses.

Goals: Jarryd Ash 3, Shane Thomson 1, Jack Clarke 1, Angus Heslin 1.

Best: Alex Ross, Alan Richardson, Jarryd Ash, Jack Clarke, Ben Beaton, Shane Thomson, Jacob Bartlett.

Awards: Pelican Hotel - Alex Ross, One Zach - Jarryd Ash, Crusty Loaf - Jack Clarke.


Tungamah 5.4.34 def by 

Congupna 7.12.54 

On a typical winter day, the young Bears travelled to Congupna for what was expected to be a close match. 

Due to illness and unavailability Tungamah started the match light on for players, and had to rely on a number of under 14 boys to step up and fill the void. 

The Bears started the game well but unfortunately lost Jacob Vella within the first 5 minutes to a knee injury, which wasn’t ideal. 

Richo and Sharpy were busy in the coach’s box making plenty of moves to try and balance up the side. The midfield battled hard all day to keep Tungamah in the game. 

The back men held strong in particular Ben Griffin who managed to keep the opposition scoring to a minimum. 

The boys continued to give a 4-quarter effort but were unable to come home with a win going down by 20 points. 

Awards- Beaton awards - Keily Jager, Luke Mills, Wingates- Ben Griffin, Crusty Loaf- Seth Haebich, Subway- Ned Connell, Tunga shop- Oscar Willis, Coaches award- Darcy Hicks. 

Goal kickers- Ben Casely, Tanner Irvine, Mitch Goldman, Oscar Willis, Keily Jager.

Under 14s 

Tungamah 40 def Congupna 17

In the most anticipated game of the season the young Bear cubs didn’t disappoint. 

They showed up ready to give their all for the win. The pressure around the ground and placement of the ball showed how far this team has come in the past 5 weeks. 

It didn’t take long for Sam to kick the first goal and the boys hunger drove them forward. 

Harvey seemed to be everywhere on the ground playing a real captains game. 

Jaxon R showed what he could do with his pace, leaving his opposition behind him. 

Jack C once again played a great game up forward booting two goals. 

Lucas also had a great game kicking 2 goals. Jayden played great around the ground and always made himself an option. 

One of the littlest players, Taijan showed that he could play just as well as the older boys kicking a goal in the second quarter.

Darcy and Jackson played a great game in defense not letting many balls past.

It was a great game of footy with all the boys playing as a team, which resulted in their first win of the year.

Awards: YMGR - Harvey Thompson, Crusty Loaf - Jayden Arnold, Subway - Jaxon Raven,mRicky D’s - Taijan Useher, McDonald - Harvey Thompson.