Nick Mellington will captain Murray Bushrangers after the young Benalla player was given the honour of the team's leader on Friday night.DAMEN FRANCIS March 24, 2014 4:05am
Benalla’s Nick Mellington will captain Murray Bushrangers this season.
Mellington, 17, heads a six-player leadership group voted by the TAC Cup side’s players and coaching staff that was unveiled at the club’s season launch on Friday night.
Fellow Saint Caleb Marchbank and Albury’s Nick Coughlan are co-vice-captains, while Mooroopna’s Nathan Drummond, Wangaratta Magpies’ Jackson Clarke and Albury Tigers’ Dylan McDonald round out the group.
McDonald is the group’s bottom age representative.
Mellington, who is the younger brother of 2010 AFL draftee Josh, was captain of the Bushrangers’ under-16 team two years ago and played 14 TAC Cup games as a bottom age player last season.
‘‘It means a lot getting voted in by the players and coaches, because it means they regard you pretty highly,’’ Mellington said.
‘‘It’s a great honour and I’m very humbled by it.
‘‘Michael Gibbons was terrific as captain last year and Sam Martyn, another Benalla boy, was the same the year before.
‘‘If I can lead half as well as those boys did I’ll be happy and I’m sure those guys will be available to give me some advice during the year if I need it.’’
Bushrangers coach Darren Ogier said Mellington was worthy of the position in a team blessed with plenty of candidates.
‘‘Nick’s very thorough and meticulous in his preparation and on-field his work rate with and without the ball is tremendous,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘He’s led from the front over the pre-season and what he achieved last year has given him confidence and knowledge of what’s required.
‘‘I’m happy with all the boys selected, they are good footy players and even better people, which is the most important thing.’’
The Bushrangers had their final pre-season hit-outs against Greater Western Sydney Academy-NSW Rams in Albury yesterday, ahead of their opening match of the season against Bendigo Pioneers at Deakin Reserve on Saturday.
A man has been arrested after the alleged sexual assault of a girl in Seymour in May.
Paradise Queen owner Travis Smith is preparing to take on hundreds of runners at this year’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival to be held on October 18-19.
As part of its continuing international development, Bega Cheese Limited signed a supply and distribution agreement on Friday, September 19, with one of China’s leading retail groups, Chongqing General Trading Group, to supply them with Bega branded UHT milk produced in Australia for distribution in China.
Murray Goldfields District
Darren Pain from Sportspower is encouraging people to support small businesses on Saturday.
National Party ticket up for grabs
Rail line manager sends out warning after trespassers get too close to tracks to take photos.
Terry Hogan has stood down as Mayor of Jerilderie Shire due to an ongoing battle with cancer.
Heathcote cheerleader Taylah Kurrle is part of the Cheer Factor All Stars team for the Duel in the Desert championship in Palm Springs, California.
International cricket superstar Adam Gilchrist becomes number-one ticket holder and junior program ambassador for local club.
Deni Ute Muster thank myriad of volunteers.
The only consistent thing about frost damage in crops was its random nature, a cropping expert told his field day audience at Finley last Friday.
Tears flowed freely from players and supporters on Sunday when Benalla lost the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final by three points.
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.