Bears hunt in packs

July 03, 2017

Tungamah coach Jeremy O'Brien led his team to a 72-point victory against Katunga on Saturday.

A ruthless Tungamah outfit has handed Katunga its second straight demoralising loss on Saturday.

Jeremy O’Brien’s side gathered a stranglehold on their rivals at home, romping to a 24.12 (156) to 7.9 (51) success.

Ash Saunders (six goals) and Brent Chapman (four) kicked 10 goals between them, but it was not until midway through the second quarter that the Bears got going.

Tungamah kicked eight unanswered goals either side of half-time to blow the margin out to 72 points at three-quarter-time.

‘‘We were good, we got the momentum and really made the most of our opportunities,’’ O’Brien said.

‘‘It was good to get back to winning ways after our disappointing loss (against Waaia) last week.

‘‘We just didn’t work hard last week, but against the Swans we wanted it more, we hunted in numbers and I thought Brady Hayes was exceptional.

‘‘He laid 18 tackles and led the way for us in the midfield.’’

O’Brien snagged three goals and was pleased with the spread of contributors.

‘‘We go pretty deep in the forward line, so we hope to see one guy get off the chain a little and that was Ash this week,’’ O’Brien said.

Meanwhile, Katunga coach Daniel Burness was disappointed with the result, but believed there was not much his side could do to compete with Tungamah and Shepparton East.

‘‘It was terrible, look at the scoreboard — the result speaks for itself,’’ Burness said.

‘‘It is hard for us to recruit and bring players out and then you have Tungamah and Shepparton East who have quality footballers running around in their reserves.

‘‘It just goes to show how good those teams are.’’

Callum Wilson and Eamon Reeves were again standouts for the Swans, but the cattle soon fell away after that with Kade Rowe, Bodhi Butts and Leigh Howroyd dominating for the hosts.

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