Who would have thought that after 32 years Tungamah would again be hosting Mulwala in a game of footy?
Tungamah Football Netball Club President Troy Costigan put this question to the Yarrawonga Chronicle, with the two teams to renew acquaintances this Saturday at Tungamah.
“The rivalry between the two clubs used to be fierce on the ground but friendly off as everyone new one another working together at the factory and other places around Yarrawonga Mulwala,” Mr Costigan said.
“It didn’t matter where the two sides were on the ladder it was always a tight contest.”
The two sides last met in 1986. That year, Tungamah won the flag in the old Tungamah League.
In 1987, Mulwala moved to the Murray Football League and Tungamah continued to participate in the Tungamah League until it disbanded after the 1995 season then the club shifted to the Picola League.
“It’s great to come back together after 32 years to rekindle that rivalry, and hope that it’s a great day of footy and netball out on the banks of the Boosey Creek Jubilee Park Tungamah,” the seventh year, two-stint Bears boss who played 200 club games from juniors to seniors, and highly credentialled coach said.
Mulwala Football Netball Club President David Rose told the Yarrawonga Chronicle all the pressure will be on Tungamah.
With tongue in cheek, he said: “The last time they played in 1986 they won the premiership under the great Phil Stevenson.”
In his fourth season as president, the Mulwala 200-plus senior gamer expressed his welcome to Troy and the club.
“We welcome Tungamah into the Murray League. We back their move to align with AFL Victoria,” Mr Rose said.
“It was a very brave move on their part but they have stood by their principles.”
Mr Costigan said Tungamah was happy going into the Murray League. “We’re not kidding ourselves – we’ve definitely jumped up a standard.
“We’re excited about the challenge and meeting new people. I believe the move can be particularly good for our younger players and our juniors with the step up in standard.
“If we can get our best 21 players on the ground we will go alright.”
It will be a huge day at Tungamah which will also include the unveiling of the Rod Stacey Stand and evening entertainment.
Both presidents urge all their supporters to get along to Tungamah this Saturday, and hope Yarrawonga football and netball supporters will also make the trip in view of their week off.