Murray Bushrangers have cut down on their talls in a bid to match up with Gippsland Power when they face off this weekend.DAMEN FRANCIS April 4, 2014 4:20am
Murray Bushrangers have down-sized in a bid to match it with tomorrow’s TAC Cup opponent Gippsland Power.
The Bushrangers travel to Highgate Recreation Reserve in Craigieburn to meet the Power halfway, having made four changes to the side that fell across the line after dominating for three quarters against Bendigo Pioneers at Deakin Reserve last week.
Two are forced, with Allister Clarke (shins) and Henry Peni (hamstring) injured, but Dion Metzner and Will Carlile have been sacrificed for a smaller side.
‘‘A couple of boys are really unfortunate to miss out, a lot of it is match-up stuff,’’ Bushrangers coach Darren Ogier said.
‘‘(Gippsland) are quite a lot smaller and more of a running team. We had nine blokes over 190
Mooroopna ruckman Alex Tattersall makes his first appearance of the season, but running types Wagga’s Jim Carroll, Walla’s Sean Mannagh and Jerilderie’s Lachie Leeds lead a NSW invasion into the team.
‘‘We’re hoping Alex can give us first use. He’ll share the ruck duties, Isaac (Muller) was terrific last week, and we’ve got the luxury of hopefully having them both with some run in their legs late in the game,’’ Ogier said.
Peni and Clarke are not expected to be out long-term, while Benalla pair David Mennen and Nick Mellington were cleared of any injuries.
Mennen passed a fitness test on his ankle and Mellington pulled up well, despite struggling through the last quarter last week.
The skipper was not alone in limping past the post, as the Bushrangers almost let slip a 41-point three-quarter time lead against a rampaging Pioneers, only to win by eight points in hot conditions.
The players underwent an extra recovery session on Monday and Ogier was hopeful the full seven-day break would ensure his side was better equipped to run out four quarters this weekend against a notoriously competitive Power outfit.
‘‘You know you’ve got to earn every kick against Gippsland, they’re just fierce competitors on the whole,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘It’s a trait of the footy down that way and you certainly know you’ve played a game.
‘‘They work really hard, rebound really hard and play a completely different style; it’s a lot quicker, with a lot more handball and they try to break the lines open that way.
‘‘We’re going to have to be on our game over the full four quarters and that’s probably the key.’’
That and the tall forward line that, for the most part, functioned superbly last week.
‘‘The opposition aren’t that tall, so if we can get it in quick and direct to our talls we’re going to be half a chance,’’ Ogier said.
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.