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SPORT---Bushrangers

Bushrangers snuff out Dragons

David Lee May 17, 2017
CHARGING WIN… The Murray bushrangers have charged ahead, scoring a 23 point win against the Sandringham Dragons. Local young gun, Zane Barzen (Shepparton United) talks with Murray Bushrangers coach, Leon Higgins. Photo: Supplied.

CHARGING WIN… The Murray bushrangers have charged ahead, scoring a 23 point win against the Sandringham Dragons. Local young gun, Zane Barzen (Shepparton United) talks with Murray Bushrangers coach, Leon Higgins. Photo: Supplied.

THE Murray Bushrangers have scored a 23 point victory against the Sandringham Dragons in front of a large crowd at the Wangaratta Showgrounds.

After an even first term, the Bushrangers doubled their score whilst restricting Sandringham to a solitary behind. Defenders, Sam Beasley and Kyle Clarke continue to impress with their no fuss defence, which allowed the Bushrangers to utilise their key forward targets.

Nathan Oakes and Will Donaghey were unstoppable linking between half back and the forwards. Zane Barzen was best afield in just his second TAC Cup game, while debutant, Riley Bice kicked three goals and his forward pressure ensured multiple scoring assists.

Sandringham fought back to within a goal at the 18 minute mark of the last quarter three goals on five minutes halted the Dragons fight back.

Coach, Leon Higgins highlighted the importance of whole ground pressure throughout the game. Daniel Johnston was solid as a forward/ruck and was an important target as the Bushrangers went forward kicking three goals.

Debutant, Riley Bice kicked three to highlight his natural skills, while Ben Paton kicked the goal of the day from outside the fifty arc to compliment his outstanding season thus far.

Local young guns, Zane Barzen and Kyle Clarke from Shepparton United were awarded Best on Ground for the match.

The Murray Bushrangers are looking to back up their success with another home game on Sunday, May 21 at Wangaratta Showgrounds against the Oakleigh Chargers, with the contest beginning at 1pm.