After a solid week on the track and the inclusion of a few extra players the boys were keen to take on the improved Dookie side at their home ground.
The toss was won and the Bears kicked with the wind in what was a very even quarter, the boys couldn’t get the jump they were after.
The boys headed into half time after kicking nine goals in a pretty strong position but coach Jezza O’Brien asked they don’t back off and really get something out of the game in the second half.
And that they did, banging on another eight goals and being inspired by the silky skills and great finishing of Patrick Heenan and also the work horse known as Adrian Connell who put his hand up many times to the umpires for the three league votes.
Ash Saunders is back to his best and his marking and kicking and his ruck work was a pleasure to watch.
Brady Hayes continues his good form and the ever reliable Scott Sanderson did plenty around the ground.
Dan Ellis was again solid and with more players starting to step up on the ball he is leading them nicely.
Tom Irvine was pretty handy in the ruck and is starting to get the confidence that he needs to dominate and set the boys up and make a real difference.
The O’Brien cousins combined for four handy goals in what was a pretty good second half adding another 16 goals to finish up 28-14-182 Dookie 9-3-57.
Best: A Connell, D Ellis, P Heenan, A Saunders, T Irvine, S Sanderson.
Goals: 7 A Saunders, 6 P Heenan, 3 B O’Brien, 2 D Ellis T Lawrence C Parish, 1 A Dodd D Haebich T Irvine J O’Brien J Sampson S Sanderson.
A tricky breeze confronted the players and although we came away with the win there is still plenty of room for improvement.
It was the usual backline brigade of Connell, Giggins, Whykes and Saunders who held up well all day and then you throw Johnstone in the mix and these blokes were the difference between winning and losing.
A lot of good ball was created from the back but accuracy in front of goal is something the boys have to work on to put themselves in a better position in the second half of the year.
Even though the Bears were the better side this was one they could have let slip. Final scores: Tungmah 5 16 46 Dookie 5 1 31.
Awards: Yarra Hotel D Whykes, Hicks Butchery S Baker, Crusty Loaf Bakery J Ackland, Tunga Thurs Night J Saunders, Auction Player D Whykes.
The boys had a later start than normal due to Dookie not fielding a 3rds footy side this year unfortunately.
An undermanned Dookie side really had a crack early, credit to these youngsters. A few of the boys played a few quarters for Dookie, thank you to Ned Deveney, Harvey Thomson and Geoff Montgomery.
Jacob Vella led in the centre bounces and played his best game for the year, giving first use of the footy to the onball brigade of Blayze-Young Mail, Ned Connell and Oscar Willis.
The forwards were on top and shared the ball around better than normal, rather than blazing at goals from a worse position.
Wally Thomson kicked a nice bag of eight goals, along with Mitch Goldman who kicked five majors.
Goldman is always in the right position, playing in the forward pocket, and he benefited from that at Dookie.
Riley O’Kane and Tom Lidgerwood were very good on the half forward line, with O’Kane kicking three goals for the game, and dishing off at least another four goals to other forwards in better positions.
Willis showed speed and dash from a clearance and kicked a ripper goal during the second quarter.
The backline held strong, with Lachie McLennan playing a nice game, as did Mr Consistent Desi O’Kane.
In the end the boys won the game 23.14.152 to Dookie 0.1.1, which sees the boys undefeated on top of the ladder, with a league bye next week, so sleep in next week parents.
Award winners Lidgerwood Builders - Jacob Vella, Crusty Loaf Bakery - Mitch Goldman, Yarra Fish n Chips - Oscar Willis, McDonald’s x 2 - Ned Deveney, Lachie McLenan, Tungamah Shop - Geoff Montgomery.
Tungamah 28.14 (182) def Dookie United 9.3 (57)
Goals: TUNGAMAH – A Saunders 8, P Heenan 7, B O’Brien 4, D Ellis 2, T Lawrence 2, S Sanderson, D Haebich, T Irvine, A Dodd, J O’Brien. DOOKIE – C Towers 4, P McMullan 3, B France, C Batten.
Best: TUNGAMAH – A Connell, P Heenan, D Ellis, A Saunders, T Irvine, S Sanderson. DOOKIE – W Bagley, C Batten, B France, M Kitto, C Towers, K Tapscott.