THE Murray Bushrangers have gone down by one point in a thrilling TAC CUP clash with the Dandenong Stingrays at Shepley Oval at the weekend.
The Stingrays’ (68) came out with a sting in their tail piling on the first four goals in a high quality opening term, the Bushrangers’ (67) were able to steady late in the term with a goals to Will Brodie and Will Donaghey.
The contest lived up to expectations with easy possessions few and far between and players required to demonstrate clean ball handling and an ability to absorb and create pressure whilst running hard from contest to contest.
Shepparton’s Will Brodie was a standout performer for the Bushrangers’ with his trademark ability to win contested ball before powering away from stoppages a highlight of the game. Brodie was assisted in the clinches by Wodonga’s Isaac Wallace and North Albury’s Ben Paton, who both won possessions and pressured the opposition players throughout the game.
Albury dynamo, Charlie Spargo returned to TAC CUP football with a stellar performance through the midfield and across the forward line. The 16 year old kicked two crucial goals and provided plenty of drive and energy all day as he again highlighted his 2017 draft prospects.
North Albury’s Doulton Langlands continues to impress with his ability to win the ball, compete hard and run at high speed both offensively and defensively. Ryan Garthwaite (Corowa-Rutherglen) was at his reliable best running hard, taking numerous intercept marks and making good decisions with the ball.
Up forward, Todd Marshall highlighted his class with three goals in low scoring game.
The Bushrangers’ will be looking to bounce back this Saturday, August 20 when they take on TAC CUP reigning premiers the Oakleigh Chargers at the Wangaratta Showgrounds from 1pm.