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.
When teenage sensation Jack Hammond arrived in Tongala with his dairy farming family in January, his name sparked interest in several coaches across the district.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons have secured a vital win over Wangaratta Magpies at JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
On Wednesday, April 22, 11 walkers from Shepparton Adventure Club travelled to Strathmerton then on to Ulupna Island.
Uniformed police are being plucked from the district’s 16-hour stations to work with one-member stations so officers are not patrolling on their own.
A Rochester woman who stole more than $250 worth of money, cigarettes and food from her workplace of four years has been convicted and fined $500, plus court costs.
The final 25 players have been chosen to represent the Goulburn Valley Football League in their quest to regain the number one football ranking in country Victoria.
A 640 000 bird proposal finally gets the green light from Strathbogie Shire Council.
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
People in rural and remote areas are significantly over-represented in the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Barooga will host an information forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on Tuesday night.
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GrainCorp has announced an investment of $50 million to increase oilseed crushing capacity and efficiency at its Numurkah facility in Victoria.
Mark Soyer represented Australia at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada.
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