Tungamah takes top spot, close to earning finals week off

August 07, 2017

Tungamah sits atop the Picola District Football League south-east division ladder once more.

Tungamah sits atop the Picola District Football League south-east division ladder once more.

The Bears won a see-sawing affair at Central Park on Saturday to knock Shepparton East off its perch atop the table.

Kicking with a breeze, Tungamah took a 27-point lead into the first change before Shepparton East fought back to be four points ahead at the main break.

Only two majors were scored in a tight third term before the away side finally broke the elastic into the wind to secure the 8.13 (61) to 6.8 (44) victory.

Duane Haebich and Brent Chapman kicked two goals each for the Bears, while Chris Oliver, Brady Hayes, Matt Clark, Nick Irvine, Nick Doyle and Bodhi Butts were outstanding.

Meanwhile, no Eagle managed to hit the scoreboard more than once, with Ricky Frappell, Jamie Spencer, James Chittick, Ryan Pfeiffer, Steve Burns and Angus Sutherland their best performers.

●Waaia continued its rollercoaster season on Saturday with a resounding win against Katunga.

The Bombers have taken the scalps of Tungamah and Shepparton East this year, but also lost to Dookie United and Katamatite along the way.

There was little danger of another shock defeat at Waaia Recreation Reserve, despite the home side kicking just 1.3 in the first term.

Mick Cleeland’s men certainly made up for the slow start, booting 19 majors across the next three quarters to record the 20.15 (135) to 3.6 (24) win.

Charlie Burrows (six goals), Matt McCarty (three) and Mark Meyland (two) managed to boot multiple majors in the triumph, with nine other Bombers hitting the scoreboard.

The Swans struggled to compete after the first change, but Josh Smith, Brad Crowther, Rhys Wallace, Scott Lardi and Jacob Avery battled well.

●It was an even tougher day for Dookie United on Saturday.

The home side led Rennie at quarter-time, but kicked just one point in each of the remaining stanzas to lose 3.5 (23) to 21.13 (139).

Thirteen different Grasshoppers found the middle of the big sticks in the rout, including returning stars Chase Strawhorn and playing coach Craig Ednie, who each booted two goals.

The pair have missed a large chunk of the season through injury, but will add plenty to Rennie’s line-up heading into the business end of the year.

Jarryd Fountain (three goals), Liam Russell (one) and Gareth Oughton (two) were the best players on the field, while Connor Hayes, Jacob Crow and Brodie Gook played well for Dookie.

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