Tungamah won't be looking back at last season's success as it prepares for a whole new ball game which kicks off this weekend against Rennie in Picola District Football League south-east.MATTHEW GALEA March 27, 2014 4:10am
It is back to square one for reigning Picola District Football League south-east premier Tungamah as far as co-coach Nick Doyle is concerned.
The Bears swept all before them last year, losing only one game on the way to premiership glory, but Doyle said the hunters would be the hunted this year.
‘‘I think that’s what happens. Teams look at you and because they get to play you two or three times, they really come after you,’’ Doyle said.
‘‘But our boys are hungry and to the new boys we’ve had come in, last year means nothing to them, and that’s the message I’m trying to get across to the whole group.’’
Rennie gets first crack at the Bears, with the round three fixture being pushed forward to this weekend to give both teams the Easter weekend off.
For some, the prospect of taking on the dominant reigning premier might be daunting, but Grasshoppers coach Ryan Forsyth said it was more exciting than intimidating.
‘‘We’re very realistic about where we’re at as opposed to where they’re at, but it’s a good opportunity for us to see what we’re about,’’ Forsyth said.
‘‘We’re going out to win, even if there’s no hiding from the fact that it’s going to be a tough one.
‘‘It’s a good opportunity for us to see where we can improve to get to that level.’’
If the Grasshoppers have any chance of taking the four points from the game, Forsyth said they would to have to fight hard.
‘‘If you’re not on your game, they’re really going to hurt you, so it’s important you have that intensity to win the footy and win it back when you don’t have it,’’ Forsyth said.
Both teams have some injury concerns in their forward lines heading into the season opener.
Rennie’s star recruit Justin Plapp, who was only expected to feature occasionally for the Grasshoppers, has suffered a broken ankle and will probably not feature at all this season as a result.
‘‘I’d say that’s it for the year .
Tungamah’s Lee James is also in doubt, having picked up a foot injury during the last week of preseason.
James was the Bears’ leading goal-kicker last year with 91, but Doyle said his side had plenty of depth to cover the loss.
‘‘He’s very important, but the injury is a week-to-week prospect and it’s not a long-term thing,’’ Doyle said.
‘‘Ash Saunders has performed well in the practice matches and we’ve got Damian Payne and Matt Clarke as well, so I think we’re well stocked.’’
The facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
People fled Echuca Magistrates Court house this morning after a wild brawl erupted in the foyer.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
Heathcote police are appealing for information after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run incident on Anzac Day.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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