Mooroopna's Jy Simpkin will debut for Murray Bushrangers tomorrow when they take on Tasmania in TAC Cup.GEORGINA CAHILL July 25, 2014 3:15am
Mooroopna’s Jy Simpkin will make his TAC Cup debut when Murray Bushrangers line up against Tasmania tomorrow.
Simpkin, 16, was one of five inclusions to this week’s side.
Bushrangers coach Darren Ogier was excited Simpkin would line up as the 23rd player.
‘‘He’s been superb, he’s trained with us a few times,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘He’s got great running capabilities. His ball handling and ball use are of a high standard.’’
Simpkin was rewarded after representing Victoria Country at the under-16 national carnival earlier this month.
While Simpkin comes in, the Bushrangers will go into the round 15 clash without a number of experienced players.
Captain Nick Mellington is sidelined with a hamstring injury, while fellow Benalla teammate Caleb Marchbank suffered a season-ending knee injury against Western Jets two weeks ago.
Suspended Brody Webster will also miss the clash, alongside injured Tom Holman.
‘‘Nick’s our captain and he’s been superb in the midfield. We’ll certainly miss his inside drive,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘Caleb’s just a pure talent and the other players certainly stand six inches taller when he’s playing.’’
Euroa’s Nate Trotter, Finley’s Levi Middleton, Mooroopna’s Michael Reidy and Wangaratta Magpie Jackson Clarke come into the side.
The Bushrangers will push for a top-eight spot when they tackle 15th-placed Tasmania.
Western Jets and Eastern Ranges also sit on six wins and seven losses, but are ahead of the Bushrangers, who are ninth, on percentage.
‘‘We need to win this game to keep our finals hopes alive,’’ Ogier said.
Ogier’s side had a bye last week, but claimed a thrilling 15-point win against the Western Jets in round 14.
He said his side needed to make the most of its opportunities going forward.
‘‘We have to capitalise on our forward entries,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘We were much better in that area last week.’’
Ogier said Seymour’s Josh Schache and Cobram’s Dion Metzner formed a strong Bushrangers forward combination.
‘‘We’re a bit taller than (Tasmania) are,’’ he said.
‘‘It’ll be hard for them to cover all our marking options.’’
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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