THE Murray Bushrangers have been out run by a dominant running team in the Northern Knights to the tune of 39 points in round 17 of the TAC Cup.
In the final home game for the Bushrangers, the Wangaratta Showgrounds couldn’t assist the Bushranger’s team as they trailed at every break to eventually go down by over six goals. An injury to Tom Boyd in the opening minutes, saw Boyd taken to hospital with concussion and was coupled with late injuries to Laitham Vandermeer and Angus Hicks. Thus restricting rotations, but the outside running speed of Northern did the most damage.
The result was not ideal however positives came with Laitham Vandermeer using his pace to stream the ball forward along with Doulton Langlands whose run continues to impress all observers adding two classy goals.
Joe Richards kicked a goal and spending quality possessions time in the midfield and up forward. From the wings, Langland’s and Vandermeer’s running game were brilliant. Defender, Jordon Butts was strong in defence often being manned by two opponents but his ability to read the play and then reset was excellent.
Nathan Oakes in his return from long term injury was fierce at the contest; leading by example to a lot of his teammates on the day.
Will Donaghey found multiple possessions release from defence and driving the ball forward. While Nick Murray continues to play his role to the coaches instructions with no nonsense approach to feature highly in the players on the ground in his fifth consecutive game at TAC Cup level after playing a strong physical role in defence.
This weekend sees the Murray Bushrangers take on Gippsland Power at Victoria Park in Abbotsford (Collingwood’s old home ground) to round out the 2017 season on Sunday, September 3 at 2pm.