Tungamah Football Netball Club returned from Rennie on Saturday with four premierships in tow.
The seniors performed strongly and ran out 26 point winners over Waaia. The reserves, thirds and under 17 netballers also claimed the top prize in what can only be described as an outstanding performance from the Bears.
The Tungamah seniors team started fantastically well in the grand final on a beautiful day at Rennie.
Following on from wins in the reserves and thirds, the boys dominated the opening quarter, but did not convert through the big sticks often enough.
Two bad kicking turnovers led to Waaia's two goals for the quarter.
Sam Keenan was creating first use of the ball in the centre of the ground, allowing Dan Ellis, Drew Haebich and the Pearce Medallist Nick Doyle to run and clear the ball down to our forward line with ease.
Matt Clark was marking everything and Jo Doyle was dangerous up forward.
At 1/4 time Tungamah led 4.9 to 2.2.
The boys continued to dominate in the 2nd quarter jumping out to about a 5 goal lead at one stage, before Waaia kicked three late goals to remain in the contest at half time.
Bodhi Butts and Scooter Sanderson were holding fort down back and Corey Hicks was moved to the dangerous Luke Cowan and did an admirable job, after Cowan kicked a few early goals.
Half time Tungamah led 7.12 to 5.3.
Waaia came out in the third quarter and were all over Tungamah. The boys knew they would keep coming and to their credit they really had a crack, until the unbelievable happened.
Scooter Sanderson tackled a Waaia player right on the goal post, and the whole goal post snapped off from ground level.
Luckily the post did not land on anybody or crash over the fence, and get bent.
Quick thinking Rennie people managed to put a star picket in the post and raise the post back up to vertical, and thankfully only 10 minutes or so was lost.
The goal post issue was probably a godsend, as Waaia had kicked about five goals in a row to get back within 10 points.
Tungamah then banged on four quick goals up to 3/4 time and got the game back in control.
One of the late goals was brilliant, as Keenan punched the ball forward, and Brady Hayes pounced and swooped on the ball and kicked a fantastic goal from 50 metres out. It was inspirational.
Cheezy Powell kicked two goals for the quarter and played a great second half.
At 3/4 time Tungamah led 14.14 to 10.4, a lead that we thought was probably a match winning lead by 34 points.
Waaia came at Tungamah again in the last quarter and were a chance of stealing the game.
It was a nerve racking last quarter, an exhilarating contest that will go down as one of the great grand finals in PDFL history.
The Tungamah boys were cramping up, as Drew Haebich was subbed off for youngster Tom Irvine, backing up after his 3rds premiership win.
Dimmy Payne laid a terrific tackle in the Tungamah forward line, his first tackle for the year, and kicked a nice goal.
It was then that the coaching box thought that we had the game in our possession.
Brushy Haebich kicked a goal in the last, taking his tally to two goals for the game.
We had 9 goal kickers, with Jo Doyle bagging 3, Matt Clark, Brady Hayes, Lee James, Dimmy Payne and Cheezy Powell kicking 2 goals each.
Final scores saw the Tungamah Bears victorious kicking 17.20.122 to Waaia 15.6.96, a win in the end by 26 points.
Best on ground for grand final was Dan Ellis, a well-deserved medallist who shut down the dangerous Brendan Stevens. Thanks to Rennie for putting on a good day for all to enjoy.
Best players in the Bears premiership victory were Dan Ellis, Matt Clark, Bodhi Butts, Scooter Sanderson, Nick Doyle, Cheezy Powell and Sam Keenan.
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