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July 17, 2017

Good Bye: Mitch Collins Bye sends Rennie forward after another promising attack.

Rennie proved too classy for Tungamah in a battle between second and third in the Picola District Football League south-east division.

An undermanned Grasshoppers side hosted the Bears on Saturday and after an even first term, Craig Ednie’s side ran away with the contest 14.16 (100) to 10.7 (67).

Ed Bayles (four goals) and Gareth Oughton (three) formed a two-pronged attack, but the Grasshoppers could have won by more if they found their goal-kicking boots.

Ednie’s charges kicked five points in the second term and six in the last, leaving Bears coach Jeremy O’Brien bamboozled with his side’s lack of pressure.

‘‘They should have beaten us by more in the end,’’ O’Brien said.

‘‘We were no good, they came to play, they wanted it more and they could have blown us out of the water if they kicked straight.’’

O’Brien almost conceded finishing on top of the ladder was no longer possible, but that is not where his focus lies at the minute.

‘‘We just need to get back to playing good football again,’’ O’Brien said. ‘‘Hopefully in the lead-up to finals we can get some players back, we can start to play our brand of football and then have a real crack at it.’’

The Bears have lost two of their past three games having lost to Waaia by 16 points a fortnight ago and as a result, they sit two wins adrift of league leader Shepparton East.

Meanwhile, the Grasshoppers are flying having won five straight games without Ednie, who broke his ribs and punctured a lung in the corresponding fixture this year, and star forward Chase Strawhorn, who suffered the same injury.

Ednie’s young Grasshoppers sit in third position and on Saturday the likes of Mitch Collins Bye and Matt Pendergast were superb.

The duo have been formidable for the lads in green and white, with the former featuring in the best in all bar two games this season.

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