Murray Bushrangers hit the road tomorrow on a mission to try and pull the rug out from under Dandenong Stingrays.DAMEN FRANCIS July 4, 2014 3:10am
Murray Bushrangers regain overage state representatives Nathan Drummond and Kieran Ellis for their toughest road trip of the season this weekend.
The Bushrangers travel to Shepley Oval to take on Dandenong Stingrays in round 13 of TAC Cup, on the back of a six-day break.
It represents a major challenge for the young Bushrangers outfit, which is still without nine stars that pulled on the boots for NSW-ACT or Victoria Country at Wednesday’s final round of the AFL Under-18 Championships, as well as captain Nick Mellington, who plays VFL for Richmond.
‘‘They’ve got some talent and all their private school kids back as well as half-a-dozen Vic Country kids,’’ Bushrangers coach Darren Ogier said.
‘‘It’s a big road trip and a good home-ground advantage for them. It’s a small, tight ground and they play it well.
‘‘It’s a big game, but we want to play them at their best, so it’s a good challenge.’’
Drummond and Ellis played for Country and NSW-ACT respectively on Friday and Saturday last week, but were left out on Wednesday, freeing them up for a TAC Cup return.
Their availability is a major boost for the travelling side, in terms of their ability and leadership.
The Bushrangers lose Jay O’Donoghue and Julius Battista to a compulsory week off for concussion and named an extended squad of 26 that was due to be cut down last night.
A hard-fought two-goal win against Northern Knights last week kept the Bushrangers in touch with the top eight and within a game of Western Jets in fourth and the fifth-placed Stingrays.
Dave Mennen, Jake Marshall, Marty Brennan and Brody Webster had 22 possessions each in the win, while debutant Levi Middleton (seven tackles), Shaun Mannagh (seven), Connor Brown (six) and Tom Nihill (six) were brilliant with their pressure without the ball.
‘‘Our effort last week was pretty good. We’ve got to make that count and back that up this week and that’s the challenge for young players,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘We’re buoyant from last week and about our chances.’’
Benalla’s Caleb Marchbank finished with 13 disposals with 77 per cent efficiency in Country’s loss to Western Australia on Wednesday night, including nine contested possessions and three tackles.
Rennie’s Dan Howe had nine touches at a disposal efficiency of 89 per cent, but had a good enough impact on the game to be named in Country’s best.
Howe hurt a foot and will be assessed before he returns to TAC Cup duty next week.
Numurkah District Health Service chief executive Jacqueline Phillips is the recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to community health.
Some of Australia’s best kayakers were in Yarrawonga on Sunday at the annual Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club’s Murray River Classic kayak race.
Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Tatura continue to be dismayed at the amount of unsuitable items dumped at the centre in Francis St.
When the wall is in sight, swimmer Nash Ramage finds that little bit extra.
Vandals have uprooted trees along the Campaspe River, leaving Rochester River Reserve Committee president Paul Poort furious and devastated.
Bianca Chatfield to speak at Kyabram Sportstar of the Year
Alan McLean looks back at Seymour's history of larrikings, louts and bushfires.
New tourism venture, Old Woperana Working Farm and Animal Nursery, is now open to the public.
Warm weather during the Christmas/New Year period saw large crowds enjoy facilities at the region’s major water storages.
Cobram bowler Chris Taylor has been bowling all along Australia’s east coast, and all for a good cause.
The Free family were overwhelmed when stolen fishing equipment was returned to them on Monday night.
SPC Ardmona’s managing director Peter Kelly will end his association with the company when his two-year commitment to the job expires at the end of March.
Salvation Army Benalla Majors Heather and Peter Ellis have relocated to Melbourne.
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