Murray Bushrangers are prepared for a real slog when they take on North Ballarat Rebels in Bendigo tomorrow.DAMEN FRANCIS April 11, 2014 3:10am
Murray Bushrangers coach Darren Ogier is preparing his charges for a tough slog against North Ballarat Rebels tomorrow.
The Rebels are winless through their opening two matches, but Ogier warned they far from represented a free kick for his side.
‘‘The Rebels are pretty tall and have been very competitive so far in both of their games,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘They could very easily have been two (wins) and zero (losses) and our players need to be prepared for a hard contest.’’
The clash will be the third of a TAC Cup country triple-header at Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval tomorrow — one day after two final round games of the Victorian Country Under-16 Championships at the same venue.
Those games include the Bushrangers’ clash with North Ballarat, with Notre Dame College’s Will Brodie and Harry Boyd and Mooroopna trio Jye Simpkin, Jason Myrtle and Jayk Papoulis in action.
With rain also likely to be a factor on either day, heavy conditions are expected.
‘‘We’re the fifth game on there, so it’s going to be interesting to see how it holds up,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘If it is wet under foot our skills won’t be as good, so we’ll need to work harder.
‘‘The boys were bitterly disappointed in last week’s effort and desperately want to turn it around.’’
The senior Bushrangers have made two changes from the side that slumped to a disappointing loss to Gippsland Power last week.
Allister Clarke and Will Carlile have been restored to the side that opened the season with a win against Bendigo Pioneers.
Finley’s Trojan Clarke has been passed fit again, after sitting out last week with suspected shin splints, and will line-up in the back pocket.
Michael Duncan misses out with a heel problem, while Mooroopna ruckman Alex Tattersall has been omitted.
‘‘Alex is just lacking more match fitness than we anticipated and we decided to go with one tall this weekend,’’ Ogier said.
In-form big man Isaac Muller — 57 hit-outs in two games — will carry the bulk of the duties, with support from key position player Dougal Howard if required.
After gathering 26 possessions, including nine handball receives, in a losing side last week, Mooroopna’s Nathan Drummond will have an important role to play again.
Shepparton girl Estelle O'Keeffe moving to Los Angeles after being accepted into American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club A Grade team lost its semi-final clash against Bruck on the weekend, bringing to an end their 2014-2015 season.
On March 5, Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell visited the Tatura Guides, to speak about leadership and also of her experiences when she was a Guide.
District football clubs are adamant their players are not using ice before games to enhance their on-field performances.
The 28th Fleche Opperman 24-hour team time-trial finished in Rochester last Sunday as exhausted cyclists rolled into town shortly after sunrise.
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A new project developed by Mitchell Shire Youth Council members.
The 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup will feature at the first ever Finley Autumn Cup in Berrigan on Saturday.
Heathcote Primary School students are asking the community to show their support for student efforts to stamp out bullying.
A group of Cobram Secondary College will travel to Borneo later this year to participate in the World Challenge.
Three Deniliquin players have been named in the Murray Valley Cricket Association’s Team of the Year.
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