Cat becomes Bear on Saturday

By Robert Muir

He has played at the highest AFL level in 209 games with Geelong, in front of huge crowds and held down the full-back position for over 10 years.

But our own Tom Lonergan will love playing with some of his closest mates at Tungamah this Saturday, against Congupna, starting at 2.00pm.

At midday, the recently turned 34-year-old will deliver a talk to Tungamah past players group and sponsors.

Then, at 2.00pm, the number 13 with Geelong who is a superb kick of the football and plays both ends of the ground so well, will take to the picturesque setting of Jubilee Park.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” the son of Trish and Bernie (Stump) told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

“Getting back to country footy, seeing some old friends and playing with some old mates will be good fun.”

Tom has been looking after himself fitness-wise and his weight is very similar to his brilliant AFL career.  “I still keep reasonably fit but obviously not to the degree I was with Geelong,” he said.

Tungamah president Troy Costigan urges footy fans to get along and see Tom and all the Bears in action. “Tom is keen,” Mr Costigan said.

“It should be a great day, a pretty competitive game with two evenly matched teams. 

“It’s our past players group and sponsors luncheon and we expect 80 to 100 to attend.”

Although the Bears have won just the one match this season in returning to the higher standard Murray League this year, they have been competitive in all games. 

“We’ve actually led at half-time in nine of our games but just had that 10-minute lapse – you can’t do that against sides in the Murray League,” the president said. “We were leading Mulwala at half-time.”

Get out to Tungamah’s Jubilee Park this Saturday to witness Tom’s first football match since he retired last season.