THE Murray Bushrangers have scored a 43 point victory over the Northern Knights at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta at the weekend.
The contest was played in great spirit and the playing surface held up well after cold weather and rain throughout the week. The Bushrangers’ saw Laitham Vandermeer debut after good form at Mooroopna and Xavier College.
In front of a home crowd the Bushrangers’ kicked out to a 17 point victory early in the contest courtesy of a seven goal opening term. However such was the tight tussle in the contest that the Knights’ were able to close to within four points at the half time break.
The Bushrangers’ started the third term slowly but their ability to be robust and competitive enabled them to out run the Knights’ and go into the final term with a 14 point lead.
The final term saw the Bushrangers’ kick an identical score from the first term piling on seven goals, and three behinds whilst restricting the Knights’ to two goals. The Bushrangers’ ability to finish the game strongly showed great attributes in character and the determination to stay in the contest for longer periods of the game.
James Cousins continued his excellent form and dominated the possession count with disposals both inside the contest whilst also providing run and carry from midfield forward and deep in defence; while adding three goals to cement best on ground honours. Lachlan Tiziani, in season best form, kicked six goals across the four quarters and played some crucial time through the midfield winning solid possession.
Half back, Harry Morrison showed class and poise and enabled great transition from defence through the midfield and drive the ball forward. Key defender, Ned Nihill was a rock in defence taking many solid marks and controlling and direct play from the defensive 50. Jake Page, playing deep defence, provided excellent run to break lines and pushed the ball forward.
While midfielder, Ben Paton kicked three goals in an all-round game. Defender turned forward, Damon Hemphill kicked two goals with great crumbing at the feet of the tall Bushrangers forwards.