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Bears win shows depth

A strong win by Tungamah at Jubilee Park against a solid opposition in Katunga on Saturday showed the depth of the club with three thirds players filling positions due to some withdrawals with injuries before the game.

August 5, 2014 4:17pm

Early goals were kicked by Matt Clark, Chris Powell and Jim Irvine as the Bears dominated the centre clearances due to the work of Ash Saunders in ruck and the on ball brigade led by Drew Haebich.

Katunga hit back with a couple of quick goals before the fierce tackling of Jock Darke, Dan Clarke, Damien Powell released the ball for Kyle Archibald, Jim Irvine and Ash Saunders to score.

Katunga hit back with two red time goals to reduce the margin to 15 points at quarter time.

Tungamah started the second quarter well with early goals to Lee James and a third to Irvine due to good clearance work by Adam Dodd and Terence Jones.

Bodhi Butts was giving plenty of drive from half back and Scott Sanderson was solid in repelling the Katunga forward thrusts. Damian Payne was covering plenty of territory to nullify his opponent.

A sickening collision between two Tungamah players saw Saunders and Clarke take no further part in the game as the team’s kicking for goal was off target with eight behinds for the term.

Damien Powell worked hard and scored from a contested possession and Corey Hicks kicked truly just before the siren to give us a 40 point lead at half time.

Corey Hicks started off with another goal and was running the ball well and Lee James was rewarded with another two goals for his efforts in leading and contesting to keep the ball inside our fifty.

The game went into an arm wrestle after that with plenty of stoppage work as Brady Hayes started to get plenty of involvement along with the Powell brothers, Jock Darke and some handy work from the younger brigade of Zach Connell and Harry McBurnie.

Glenn Dominick was doing his usual great job of blanketing the opposition’s key goal scorers. A pretty even quarter on the scoreboard with the lead now 44 points.

Terence Jones was rewarded with a goal for his constant run and contest, as was Chris Powell to score his third.

Tom Irvine was working tirelessly as the only ruckman since the second quarter and was having plenty of influence in the clearances.

The backline brotherhood had really tightened up since the first quarter and only allowed two goals for the second half.

Lee James kicked two more to bring his tally to five and Tungamah ran away with a 59 point win.

Coaches Nick Doyle and Will cooper were happy with the endeavour of a team containing a bit more youth than usual but pleased to have so many options open to them as we head towards the finals.

Scores: Tungamah 18.13.121 def Katunga 9.8.62

Goals: L. James 5, C. Powell 3, J. Irvine 3, C. Hicks 2, K. Archibald, M. Clark , T. Jones, D. Powell, A. Saunders.
Best Players: J. Irvine, B. Butts, T. Jones, B. Hayes, A. Dodd, D.Haebich.

Awards: Hicks Butchery (Player’s Player) J. Irvine, Crusty Loaf- Z. Connell, Yarrawonga Hotel- D. Clarke, A River Revival- B. Butts Burke’s Hotel- G.  Dominick.

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