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Tungamah stares down another premiership

Tungamah is through to a second straight Picola District Football League south-east grand final after overpowering a gallant Katamatite.

MATTHEW GALEA September 1, 2014 3:20am

Tungamah booked its place in a second-straight Picola District Football League south-east grand final and made one thing very clear.

Whoever is going to meet them is going to have to put in a colossal effort to take the flag away from the Bears.

Even then, a colossal effort might just fall short.

The Bears saw off Katamatite by 54 points — a result that said a lot more about the quality of Tungamah than it did about the Tigers.

For the most part, the Tigers were actually quite good.

From the start, the pressure provided from the Tigers’ midfield was ferocious and denied the Bears too many clean forward-50 entries and ensured they had their fair share of the footy.

To their detriment, the Tigers’ own forward-50 entries were often long and high and to no-one in particular and never gave the likes of playing coach Tyson Saunders and Rhys Colbeck much of a chance despite their sizeable height advantage.

Still, the Tigers were more than competitive and even took the lead early in the second quarter when Saunders kicked well.

That lead was short-lived with Tungamah champion Adam Dodd turning it on for the reigning premier.

It says a lot for the Tungamah’s quality that despite the Tigers continued impressive performance — particularly from the likes of Tom Elliott, Max Thompson, Jordan Hallam and Callan Aldridge – the Bears were still able to move ahead to a 38-point half-time lead.

The distance between the two only got further as the game went on.

Dodd kicked five, a total only bettered by Lee James — who should have posted double figures with the opportunities he had — while Dan Ellis and Kyle Archibald both emphasised the Bears’ greater class with star performances.

Playing co-coach Nick Doyle also impressed, playing through a terrible flu that almost rendered him without voice after the game, and he was delighted with the performance against the side he believes have been the Bears’ best opponent.

‘‘Every time we’ve played them, they’ve had patches where they come and they did today. That still concerns me,’’ Doyle said.

‘‘We’ve got to be mindful that we have to be able to stop that if we play them again.

‘‘We worked better as a unit and that’s a good thing for us, but Dodd stood out again.

‘‘He is like Benjamin Button; he’s turning back the clock.’’

Katamatite’s Saunders said the game was a wake-up call.

‘‘They’re a slick team and there’s no two ways about that. It’s just weight of numbers thing,’’ Saunders said.

‘‘They’re a good unit, and we came here with confidence that we could take it up to them, which we did, but we could not sustain it.’’

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