Tough trip for Bushies

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IT was thought that the trip to play Ded­erang Mt Beauty would be a cracker and so it proved.

With a mixed bag of re­sults Beech­worth must now ac­cept that its fi­nals as­pi­ra­tions have been tem­pered to a mi­nor par­tic­i­pat­ing role.

How­ever, there is still plenty to look for­ward to for the rest of the sea­son and small vic­to­ries can be rec­og­nized.

With play­ers still de­vel­op­ing and again a promis­ing emer­gence of next gen­er­a­tion play­ers, the club has shown the re­silience that has been present for its long his­tory.

The se­nior foot­ballers knew they would be in for a chal­lenge from Ded­erang with the re­sult chang­ing the po­si­tion of both teams on the lad­der.

The first quar­ter was a hard work­ing per­for­mance by both teams with plenty of run and con­tests leav­ing the Bushrangers with a nar­row two point lead.

Ded­erang was the first to re­spond and, scor­ing 5.4 to 1.5, took an im­proved ad­van­tage into the half time break.

The Bushrangers were not fin­ished and tight­en­ing their de­fence, outscored their op­po­nents three goals one to two goals two, in the low­est scor­ing quar­ter of the match.

The Bushrangers have been con­sis­tently a strong fi­nal quar­ter side, but again had left too much to be done and Ded­erang matched them to con­sol­i­date their hard fought vic­tory.

The Bushrangers had con­tri­bu­tions from the whole team with Dy­lan Pritchard kick­ing four, Bray­den Carey two and Jesse Dale, Kayde Sur­rey, Josh Gar­land and Tom Car­tledge one each.

It was again the small things that made the dif­fer­ence but the side lost lit­tle re­spect as they again showed de­ter­mi­na­tion and en­durance were in strong sup­ply.

At home this week against top of the lad­der Kiewa the side will have to show its re­silience is matched by the ef­fort which they have dis­played all sea­son.

Four quar­ters of their best will trou­ble any side and if Kiewa take this game lightly the Bushrangers can cer­tainly grab another vic­tory.

Mean­while, the day on the courts started with the first win of the sea­son for Ded­erang un­der 13s while the equally mo­men­tous win of the Beech­worth C grade high­lighted the po­ten­tial for the fu­ture.

De­spite their loss, the un­der 13 were in the con­test all day and tight­ened the game un­til the last goal while the un­der 15s were again con­sis­tent and played out the match but could not pro­vide enough re­bound to trou­ble their op­po­nents.

The B grade again bat­tled hard all day match­ing their op­po­si­tion in the last quar­ter to show they are con­tin­u­ing their im­prove­men while A Grade was also over­whelmed by a fast start­ing Ded­erang side who con­tin­ued to ap­ply the pres­sure on a hard work­ing de­fence for the Bushies.

The form of the un­der 14 foot­ball team is con­tin­u­ing with the whole team per­form­ing well.

The tight de­fence, which shuts down their op­po­nents, pro­vides a spring­board for the mid­field who join the for­wards on the score­board.

Niedra and Scalzo both scored three goals, while Pronk and Wilkinson scored twice.

Ea­ton, Hirst and Pol­lock added to their per­for­mance with a goal while Mom, Rosser, Romero, Shed­den, O Meara, Bladon and Smith all kicked a goal show­ing the even­ness of the team.

The un­der 17 also showed the merit of a hard work­ing de­fence lim­it­ing the scor­ing of Ded­erang to three shots while cre­at­ing plenty of their own.

Af­ter a slow start the Ja­cob­s­son broth­ers sup­ported by Dug­gan, Voight and Guthrie emerged to sup­port Webb who kicked three goals.

The Re­serves took the same les­son to the field and started with a strong first quar­ter which pro­vided a sound base for the game.

The de­fence was again tight from the out­set and with Robin­son, Cham­bey­ron, Thom­son, and Clark fea­tur­ing in the best.

PHOTO: Cassie Buchanan

UN­DER PRES­SURE: Beech­worth star mid­fielder Josh Gar­land puts a heavy tackle on his Ded­erang Mt Beauty op­po­nent.

PHOTO: Cassie Buchanan

HIGH FLY­ERS: Beech­worth duo Kayde Sur­rey (left) and Con­nor Maher con­test for a mark dur­ing se­nior ac­tion on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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