Tungamah clinches coveted first weekend off in finals

August 22, 2017

Tungamah secured the minor premiership during the final round of the Picola District Football League south-east regular season.

Tungamah clinched the minor premiership during the final Picola District Football League south-east regular season round.

The Bears headed into round 18 knowing a win would secure the coveted top spot.

Jeremy O’Brien’s men belted Waaia by 69 points to finish 23.57 per cent ahead of Shepparton East.

Travis Hayes and O’Brien slotted four goals each, while Duane Haebich kicked three.

Tungamah jumped out of the blocks with five goals to two, before extending its lead to 31 points at half-time.

The Bears eventually won 16.19 (115) to 7.4 (46).

O’Brien’s side heads into finals having won its past five games by an average of 112 points, while the Bombers have won just two of their past five.

●Shepparton East had a 55-point win against Katunga to finish second.

Waaia could not do the Eagles a favour and upset Tungamah, meaning Rennie awaits the reigning premier in the qualifying final.

Cobey Aynsley, who kicked 106 goals last year, booted six goals on Saturday to take his tally to 51 in 16 games, while Matt Rendina snagged a handful from midfield.

Callum Wilson, who topped the south-east’s goal kicking tally, finished with five of Katunga’s 10 goals to finish with 67.

Ryan Pfeiffer and Nathan Young from ran riot across half-forward as the Eagles went on to win 18.12 (120) to 10.5 (65).

●Katandra finished the season with just the one win after falling 78 points short of Rennie.

Rennie booted seven second half goals to two, keeping the Kats scoreless in the final term.

Mitch McCabe, Jake Beams, Chase Strawhorn and Khris Willett finished with two goals each as the Grasshoppers won 16.12 (108) to 5.4 (34).

Shane Bensch and co-coach Ramadan Yze were the Kats’ best.

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