Mitta out­gun Bushies

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By FROM THE OUTER

MITTA United knew that they had to be­ware of com­pla­cency against Beech­worth teams who would all have rea­sons to dis­play their im­proved con­sis­tency.

The Bushrangers net­ballers brought that de­ter­mi­na­tion to the courts but could not score enough points in any game to take a win.

All teams are sit­ting in the bot­tom cou­ple of the lad­der with more test­ing matches against Tal­lan­gatta next week.

Once again the net­ballers re­silience will be on dis­play.

The foot­ball field saw two per­cent­age builders for the un­der 17 and re­serves, where the Bushies re­ally es­tab­lished their in­tent from the be­gin­ning, with a tight de­fence keep­ing their op­po­nents scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties lim­ited while work­ing the score­board over­time.

Only in­ac­cu­racy of the un­der 17 marred an im­pres­sive dis­play.

The se­nior side was chal­lenged to re­tain their sixth po­si­tion with a win over the team im­me­di­ately above them and set up their tilt to a fi­nal role.

It was a high scor­ing match with the Bushrangers kicked 14.11, but Mitta had all the an­swers, boot­ing 20.13 and beat­ing Beech­worth by 38-points.

Mitta United con­sol­i­dated its po­si­tion and while the Bushies re­main sixth they are now a game fur­ther be­hind their lad­der leader, giv­ing hope to those fol­low­ing that they can be re­placed.

Once again Bushies sup­port­ers are left to ques­tion how the ob­vi­ous tal­ent, skill and de­ter­mi­na­tion can be so eas­ily switched off.

A close first quar­ter promised so much but Mitta tight­ened the screws in de­fence and opened up their for­ward ap­proaches in the sec­ond and third quar­ters.

A fi­nal quar­ter where Bushies shared the scor­ing showed again that they have the at­tributes to match the lead­ers and must take the next step of bring­ing con­sis­tency in the kit bag.

Tom Car­tledge was best on ground, with Jack Ryan and Ryan Mee also fight­ing hard.

Per­haps a home game crowd can in­spire the teams to main­tain their fo­cus and con­cen­tra­tion to show their prom­ise is not an il­lu­sion.

PHOTO: Cassie Buchanan

CON­TEST: Bray­den Carey takes a strong mark for Beech­worth on Satur­day.

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