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Selection decisions to be made by Bears

Tungamah is spoilt for choice and will work through some selection dilemmas tonight ahead of its Picola District Football League south-east clash with old rival Shepparton East.

MATTHEW GALEA April 24, 2014 3:15am

Shepparton East and Tungamah boast 100 per cent records this season and Ricky Frappell and Jamie Spencer will hope to get the better of Matt Clarke and the Bears.

Tungamah co-coaches Will Cooper and Nick Doyle will be scratching their heads when it comes to selecting their team to take on Shepparton East this weekend and not for a lack of options.

With Adam Dodd, Glenn Dominick and Beau Cooper all available, Cooper said there were a number of selection dilemmas to work through.

‘‘It’s a good headache to have,’’ Cooper said.

‘‘We’ve got a very good seconds side and the two teams have consolidated very well so far.

‘‘Some guys have been disappointed to be dropped, but everyone is happy to do it because they have mates in the seconds and they know that a strong seconds team is the key to a strong club.

‘‘We train together as a big squad and we’ve tried to take the stigma away from playing seconds.’’

The week off has certainly done the Bears a lot of good, after they sat out the Easter weekend having moved their round three clash against Rennie to take place before the rest of the competition started.

Cooper said he would like to see the whole Easter round moved forward.

‘‘I’ve always believed that Easter should be a time with family,’’ Cooper said.

‘‘I don’t think we should be playing Easter at all.’’

As such, no-one from Tungamah used the week off to go and scout the Eagles, but Cooper said the history between the two clubs showed this was a game the Bears would never underprepare for.

‘‘They’ve been a strong team for a long time and always challenge. This is a big game,’’ Cooper said.

‘‘It’s a healthy rivalry. Growing up as a Tungamah kid, they’d give you nightmares because you’d go over there as a junior and get flogged and I think that motivates a lot of the guys in the seniors.’’

The Eagles were the only team to beat Tungamah last season, but neither Cooper nor Shepparton East coach Dwain Vidler is paying too much attention to that fact.

‘‘We’re not going to focus on last year. They’re the reigning premiers and they’re the team to beat,’’ Vidler said.

‘‘The group has been really good all year, it’s a great bunch of blokes and everyone gets on really well and we work well as a result.’’

Vidler said there were some sore bodies about Central Park after Saturday’s win over Dookie United, but he hoped to welcome back Rob Osborne and captain Mark Frost for the trip to Jubilee Park.

The latter would be a particularly welcome addition to what has looked a strong backline already.

‘‘I think defence is one area we wanted to improve from last year and with the blokes we’ve got back there if we can keep it stable we’ll be good,’’ Vidler said.

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