Fi­nal round of play for Bushrangers

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

THE last round was all about play­ing to ac­knowl­edge the hard work all sea­son and the lessons learnt, most of all to rec­og­nize re­silience and to take pride in achieve­ments.

To not dwell on missed op­por­tu­ni­ties but to make sure this was not another. A trip to Wodonga could be feared or en­joyed.

The Beech­worth net­ballers had lan­guished on the bot­tom of the ta­bles in all lev­els all sea­son but were still able to take the court proud that they had shown im­prove­ments and re­silience all sea­son.

They would be pleased to leave Wodonga with­out adding to their wins but know­ing that they had rep­re­sented them­selves to the best of their abil­i­ties.

They had also seen those abil­i­ties im­prove all year as their fit­ness and skill lev­els in­creased.

Each team was a de­vel­op­ing unit and can take credit for in­di­vid­ual ef­fort and in­creas­ing team per­for­mance.

While vic­to­ries were not to come the re­sult mar­gins were re­duced against nearly ev­ery op­po­nent.

It has been a good year to ex­am­ine their play and a good year to iden­tify im­prove­ment.

It will be worth while con­tin­u­ing next year to re­al­ize the prom­ise that is there.

On the field the un­der 14 team con­tin­ued to im­press with another dis­ci­plined per­for­mance that took them to third spot on the lad­der and an ini­tial fi­nals meet­ing with a pow­er­ful Wah­gun­yah unit.

It will re­quire another to­tal team per­for­mance; as Niedra who kicked two goals, Phalert also two, Hirst and Wilkinson one each, be­ing among the best with Bladon and Knoth showed.

There was plenty of op­por­tu­nity for Ross who got four, Mom three, O Meara two, while Eaton, Mace, Scalzo also picked up one.

The de­fence will cer­tainly be tested by Wah­gun­yah who have Bartlett and Os­borne dom­i­nant in a team that also has scored heav­ily all year.

This first fi­nal will be a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the team. Un­der 17 did not play this week and had to be con­tent with sixth spot on the lad­der and a year of in­con­sis­tency.

There were many fine in­di­vid­ual and team per­for­mances to look back on and they can all be con­grat­u­lated for their ef­forts but know­ing that they can still im­prove in fu­ture years.

Like­wise the Reserves, who were miss­ing some of the at­tributes that were pro­vided from their miss­ing cor­rec­tive ser­vices team­mates, were un­able to fin­ish the sea­son with a win.

But again Robin­son, Worces­ter and Parker were among the best with Winfield and Mathews.

The goals were shared around with Lon­caric get­ting two, Fendyk, Carey, Man­der­son, Har­ri­son and Pronk, all boot­ing one each.

While the Bushies were dis­ap­pointed not to win, Wodonga at home were al­ways go­ing to a dif­fi­cult con­test.

The Se­niors met the same fea­ture from their op­po­nents.

A tied first quar­ter, a sin­gle goal lead at half time and three point lead at the fi­nal change was enough to show that the con­test had to be won as it was not go­ing to be given away.

In the fi­nal quar­ter, Beech­worth kept the Saints to a sin­gle point while pil­ing on six goals eight in another pow­er­ful fin­ish which dis­played their ob­vi­ous at­tributes.

DALE kicked five, while Pritchard added to his sea­son tally with three, Fendyk again capped another fine ef­fort with two while D Carey, B Carey, Car­tledge and Gar­land all added to the score­board.

Car­tledge and Fendyk were again among the best and should fea­ture strongly in the Bar­ton count.

Sur­rey, Malsem, Dale and Ja­cob­s­son would also be able to take away a good mem­ory from the Wodonga con­test.

Again a dis­ap­point­ing end to the sea­son soft­ened with a win to en­joy.

The play­ers can watch the fi­nal se­ries know­ing that they have im­proved their fit­ness and they have in­creased their skills, know- ing that they have trou­bled ev­ery op­po­nent, know­ing that with a lit­tle bit of luck, a lit­tle bit more con­cen­tra­tion, a lit­tle bit of just the lit­tle things, they too could be play­ing.

They do not have to dwell on lost op­por­tu­ni­ties but can cer­tainly take pride in and be as­sured that we who have watched from the outer ap­pre­ci­ated, their per­for­mance and their re­silience.

We rec­og­nize the hard work and ef­fort of train­ing and play­ing each week and hope that they can re­flect on the en­joy­ment they pro­vide and re­ceive and use that to in­spire im­proved per­for­mance next year.

Bushranger Kayde Sur­rey was named in the back pocket for the TDFL team of the year.

PHOTO: Cassie Buchanan.

FLY­ING HIGH: Beech­worth’s Kayde Sur­rey and Con­nor Ma­her fly for a spoil against Ded­erang Mount Beauty.

PHOTO: Cassie Buchanan.

MILE­STONE YEAR: Beech­worth’s Hamish Malsem played his 100th se­nior game against Keiwa Sandy Creek this sea­son.

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