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Bears not up for hunt at the coalface

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September 18, 2017

Bittersweet: Opposing co-coaches and former Yarrawonga premiership teammates Craig Ednie and Jeremy O'Brien embrace post match.

In football, there are highs and lows and after five years Tungamah has experienced both.

The Bears won three straight premierships from 2013 to 2015, but on Saturday Jeremy O’Brien, in what could potentially be his last game, saw his side suffer back-to-back grand final defeats.

The minor premiers looked lethargic, sloppy and second rate for the most part and O’Brien believed his side failed to handle the heat in the kitchen.

‘‘I think they just out-hunted us at the footy, they got their hands on it first and made the most of their opportunities,’’ O’Brien said.

‘‘We were beaten by a better side on the day and I thought we butchered the football a little too much.’’

O’Brien also lamented the fact his side failed to make most of their opportunities going forward, especially after winning the second term only by a point, despite having three more scoring shots with the wind.

‘‘You could say it was that quarter that made a difference because Rennie did capitalise with the wind, but I think across the game you could pick quite a few things out that we didn’t do well,’’ O’Brien said.

‘‘(Drew) Haebich getting sent off certainly didn’t help in the third and we were held to just one point that quarter too.’’

O’Brien, in his third year at the club, felt his side had prepared as best as they could despite the result.

‘‘We put ourselves in a good position going into the game, we finished on top, won the second semi, trained well during the week, but I feel we just didn’t execute on the day,’’ O’Brien said.

‘‘It is hard to swallow when you put so much time and effort in.’’

The Bears failed to get within two goals in the final term, but O’Brien did credit his side’s attempt at getting back into the contest after kicking four of the game’s last five goals.

‘‘It was the last hurrah, it was the final quarter of the season and I just urged the boys to dig deep and we did that for a period, but not long enough,’’ O’Brien said.

It may be an end of a dynasty with fellow Bears co-coach Nick Doyle also potentially moving on, with O’Brien confirming he had a few offers on the table.

‘‘I am not really sure, I still have to work out if I want to keep playing and that will probably impact on the decision that I make,’’ O’Brien said.

‘‘If I keep playing it will definitely be at Tungamah or there are some other opportunities out there to just coach, so I will sit down and then make a decision over the next month or so.’’

If the duo does stick around, O’Brien said his side would bounce back from the gut-wrenching defeat.

‘‘We just have to go back to the well and get better, stronger and fitter to hopefully come back next year and give it another shake,’’ O’Brien said.

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