Murray Bushrangers will be out to slay Sandringham Dragons on Sunday in their elimination final in TAC Cup.GEORGINA CAHILL August 29, 2014 3:15am
Rennie’s Dan Howe will return to the Bushrangers following a three-week stint with Richmond’s VFL side.
The Murray Bushrangers are set to travel through unchartered waters in their do-or-die TAC Cup elimination final on Sunday.
Not only are the Bushies set to face a new-look Sandringham Dragons outfit, they have not taken to the Visy Park turf this season.
Bushies coach Darren Ogier was disappointed his group did not have the chance to play on the bigger ground prior to the elimination final.
‘‘It would be great to have that experience before Sunday,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘It’s a bit of a shock to their system, it’s such a big ground. We certainly get to play on a lot of big grounds, but (Visy Park) is bigger than any of them.’’
Ogier’s army takes confidence from a thrilling two-point round eight win against the Dragons, but Ogier expected a vastly new-look side to front for Sunday’s clash.
‘‘They’ve got all their private school players back,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘There’s only 11 in that team (from round eight) in the same side on Sunday.’’
The Bushies will be strengthened with the return of Rennie’s Dan Howe.
Howe had a three-week stint in Richmond’s VFL side and will be a huge asset across the forward line.
Coming into his fourth TAC Cup match, Mooroopna’s Jy Simpkin has been outstanding, alongside workhorse Nathan Drummond.
Ogier hoped the Bushies’ potent midfield, led by Mooroopna’s Drummond and Benalla’s Nick Mellington, would go a long way to booking the side a place deep into September.
‘‘We’re certainly going to be in a good position if we can match it with them through the midfield,’’ he said.
‘‘The thing people are underestimating is our midfield group.’’
Seymour’s Josh Schache booted 26 goals in 14 games in the home-and-away season and has stamped his authority as a key forward.
‘‘We’ve got a fairly potent forward line,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘Obviously they need to convert and take as many opportunities as they get. They’re not going to present themselves all day, you’ve got to make the most of the opportunities.’’
The Dragons’ highly rated AFL draft prospect Angus Brayshaw and Josh Clayton, the son of former Fitzroy player Scott Clayton, stand out as the Bushies’ main concerns, while Brayden Maynard is an in-and-under player who can push forward.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
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Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
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