1st Elimination Final Murray Bushrangers vs Sandringham Dragons

TAC CUP 1st Elimination Final

Sandringham Dragon Vs MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

VISY PARK, CARLTON 2.15PM, SUNDAY AUGUST 31

                                                                                                                                                                               

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After winning four of their past five games the Murray Bushrangers head into this weekend’s 1st Elimination Final against the Sandringham Dragons in good form and keen to make a mark on the TAC CUP finals series. The Bushrangers enter the knockout final confident after defeating the Dragons by two points earlier in the season.

 Coach Darren Ogier was full of praise of his teams last two months of football “we really put it back to the playing group to take ownership and drive the team into the finals”. “They have continued to improve as a team and a number of players have really stood up to make their mark on the season”.

The players are feeling really confident and are looking forward to having a real impact on the finals series”. “As we know finals are a different game and it provides another opportunity for our playing group to perform on the big stage, when it matters most”

 The Bushrangers late season resurgence has been led by a competitive midfield group in North Albury ruckman Isaac Muller, captain Nick Mellington (Benalla), Brydan Hodgson (Lavington) and Nathan Drummond (Mooroopna) establishing a strong onball division, they have been supported by the running power from bottom age duo of Jake Marshall (Deniliquin) & Dylan McDonald (Albury).

 The backline has been solid all season with Tom Holman (Kyabram) a real catalyst for the Bushrangers recent good form. Connor Brown (Waaia) & Marty Brennan have been rebounding superbly with versatile tall men Dougal Howard (Albury) and Mitch Mahady (North Albury) taking on the oppositions key forward each week.

 The forward line has been led by young gun Josh Schache has consistently hit the scoreboard, Nick Coughlan (Albury) has provided real class and leadership whilst young guns Jy Simpkin (Mooroopna), Wil Brodie (Shepparton Notre), Luke Smith (Congupna) and Levi Middleton (Finley) all proving ground level support.

 The Bushrangers will be boosted by the return of Dan Howe (Rennie) from VFL duties at the Richmond Football Club, unfortunately Kieran Ellis (Albury) suffered a broken hand playing for Collingwood VFL team and will miss the finals series.

 Young guns Murray Waite (Knee) and Michael Reidy (Knee) will also miss following injuries in last week’s win over Bendigo.

Coach Darren Ogier was confident of a good result this weekend ‘confidence is a great advantage in sport and our group has been in good form, morale is high and it is a great opportunity for each and every player’

 This weekend’s game is on Sunday 31 August from 2.15pm at Visy Park in Carlton.

The selected team for this round is: 

B

1.Brady Pritchard

(Yarrawonga)

20. Dougal Howard

(Albury)

27. Marty Brennan

(Rutherglen)

HB

13. Dylan McDonald

(Albury)

17.Tom Holman

(Kyabram)

33. Connor Brown

(Waaia)

C

2. David Mennen

(Benalla)

12. Nick Mellington

(Benalla)

26. Jake Marshall

(Deniliquin)

HF

52. Jy Simpkin

(Mooroopna)

23. Josh Schache

(Seymour)

24. Dan Howe

(Rennie)

F

53. Levi Middleton

(Finley)

16. Nick Coughlan

(Albury)

21. Wil Brodie

(Notre Dame)

R

32.Isaac Muller

(North Albury)

10. Nathan Drummond

(Mooroopna)

9. Brydan Hodgson

(Lavington)

Int from

36. Mitch Mahady

(North Albury)

4. Luke Smith

(Congupna)

18. Jim Carroll

(Albury)

 

6. Shaun Mannagh

(North Albury)

34. Callum Crisp

(Myrtleford)

5. Elijah Wales

(Myrtleford)

 

37. Ryley Sharp

(Myrtleford)

31. Jackson Clarke

(Wangaratta Magpies)

29. Lachlan Tiziani

(Albury)

 

35. Dion Metzner

(Cobram)

 

 

 Injured Unavailable

Name

Reason

Length of Time

Ellis, Kieran

Broken Hand

1 - 2 Weeks

Galloway, Kyle

FINGER

Season

King, Mitch

Knee

Season

Marchbank, Caleb

Knee - Meniscus

Season

Mogg, Thomas

Knee

Season

Reidy, Michael

Knee

1 - 2 Weeks

Murray Waite

Knee

1 – 2 Weeks

 

TAC CUP Ladder

POS

TEAM

P

W

L

D

B

For

Agst

%

PTS

1

Calder Cannons

17

14

3

0

0

1526

1121

136.13

56

2

Oakleigh Chargers

17

13

4

0

0

1501

987

152.08

52

3

Geelong Falcons

17

10

7

0

0

1333

1244

107.15

40

4

North Ballarat Rebels

17

10

7

0

0

1175

1124

104.54

40

5

Sandringham Dragons

17

10

7

0

0

1187

1205

98.51

40

6

Western Jets

17

9

8

0

0

1394

1167

119.45

36

7

Dandenong Stingrays

17

9

8

0

0

1231

1190

103.45

36

8

Murray Bushrangers

17

9

8

0

0

1153

1210

95.29

36

9

Eastern Ranges

17

7

10

0

0

1297

1319

98.33

28

10

Northern Knights

17

6

11

0

0

1400

1386

101.01

24

11

Gippsland Power

17

6

11

0

0

1183

1286

91.99

24

12

Bendigo Pioneers

17

4

13

0

0

995

1498

66.42

16




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