Murray Bushrangers have stood tall to win a real arm wrestle with Tasmania to keep their TAC Cup finals alive.GEORGINA CAHILL July 28, 2014 3:15am
In blustery conditions Murray Bushrangers kept their finals hopes alive by claiming a thrilling 10-point win against Tasmania in TAC Cup on Saturday.
In a hard-fought contest at Highgate Recreation Reserve, the Bushrangers led at each break, but coach Darren Ogier said the result could have been different.
‘‘It was tight all day,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘It was a tight game and it could’ve gone either way.’’
The Bushrangers took a five-point lead into the first break.
They booted five goals straight in the second quarter to Tasmania’s 3.2.
Tasmania outscored the Bushies 3.0 to 2.2 in the third quarter, but the home side held a narrow four-point lead at three-quarter time.
The Bushrangers kicked against the wind in the final quarter, but held on for the victory.
‘‘The last quarter we were against the wind, but our boys were terrific,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘Most of the game was played in our half in the last quarter.’’
The Bushrangers moved from ninth to eight spot on the ladder and sit narrowly behind Western Jets on percentage.
Ogier said his side took time to adapt to Tasmania’s game-style.
‘‘They had some good structures in place which took us a while to work out,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘They weren’t tall, so we had them covered for height.’’
Isaac Muller worked tirelessly to give his side first use of the ball.
‘‘Our ruck department were pretty dominant,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘They really did give us first use of the ball.’’
Seymour’s Josh Schache was the Bushies’ major goal-scorer with three, while Finley’s Levi Middleton and Albury’s Nick Coughlin chipped in with two goals each.
‘‘I think we had a few more avenues to goal in the end,’’ Ogier said.
In the third quarter Schache kicked a goal that even took Ogier by surprise.
Schache was lying on the ground but somehow managed to kick the ball off the back of his heel.
‘‘I haven’t seen one like that before,’’ Ogier said with a laugh.
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