Murray Bushrangers have been run over in the second half by Calder Cannons in their TAC Cup clash, but have one more shot at making finals.GEORGINA CAHILL August 4, 2014 3:20am
Murray Bushrangers’ finals hopes are hanging by a thread after 36-point loss at the hands of TAC Cup powerhouse Calder Cannons at Norm Minns Oval on Saturday.
The Bushies were well and truly in the match at half-time, but the speed and physicality of the Cannons proved too much when the final siren blew.
The Bushies staked their claim on the match early, but a late goal from the Cannons allowed the visitors a two-point lead at the main break.
Lavington’s Connor Byrne debuted for the Bushies and was a scoreboard contributor in the opening term, booting one goal.
The Bushies continued their defensive play in the second quarter and continued to hold their ground against the Cannons.
The Cannons led 8.6 (54) to the Bushies 7.5 (47) at the main break.
However, the third quarter was a different story, much to coach Darren Ogier’s disappointment.
‘‘We were certainly in the game at half-time. I don’t think it was so much their good play but our bad play that got them back in the game in the third quarter,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘We had more inside 50s in the third quarter than what we had all game, but we couldn’t capitalise on those. We certainly went wide and shallow, so that made it really hard to score.’’
The Bushies played all their cards in the final quarter and took the game on, but the Cannons’ pace and drive cemented them victory.
Rennie’s Dan Howe was a standout for the Bushies in his final TAC Cup home-and-away match.
The 19-year old will be playing the remaining games with Richmond’s VFL side.
Josh Schache imposed himself as a strong target up forward and booted two goals, while Mitch Mahady worked hard across the backline.
The Bushies remain ninth on the ladder after the round 16 clash, on equal wins and losses with Eastern Ranges, who they will face next week.
‘‘We’ve still got another opportunity next week. If we beat Eastern next week we’ll play finals and if we don’t then we’re going to struggle,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘We’ve got that opportunity, which is the one good thing, while it’s as disappointing as it is today, we still have that opportunity.’’
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