TAC CUP

Great start be­fore Bushrangers sink to nar­row loss

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

The Mur­ray Bushrangers’ girls’ side trav­elled to RAMS Arena in Craigieburn for their round seven TAC Cup match against GWV Rebels.

With a dif­fer­ent line-up, it was great to see the Bushrangers adapt well and get off to a great start with goals to debu­tant Ella Jones and Kate Adams to go into the quar­ter-time break trail­ing the Rebels by five points.

Chelsea Knight’s re­turn into the mid­dle helped lift her team­mates and she led by ex­am­ple with her sec­ond and third ef­forts, fe­ro­cious tack­ling and spoils.

The Bushrangers’ third goal came late in the sec­ond from Charli Boschetti, with the de­fen­sive ef­forts of young­sters Zali Spencer, Hay­ley Doohan and Emily Nicholson keep­ing the mar­gin the same as the first go­ing into the main break.

Grace Egan started the third quar­ter with a pow­er­ful tackle and Mil­lie Brown con­tin­ued her dom­i­na­tion, break­ing the lines, with Kate Adams and Claudia McKim­mie lay­ing nu­mer­ous tack­les and pro­vid­ing op­tions up for­ward.

The Rebels re­bounded ev­ery missed op­por­tu­nity from the Bushrangerss and could’ve put the game out of reach by three-quar­ter­time, but in­ac­cu­rate kick­ing gave the Bushrangers a glim­mer of hope with one quar­ter to go and only two goals in it.

Claudia McKim­mie and Chelsea Knight con­tin­ued their ruth­less tack­ling, with Ta­mara Smith weav­ing in and around her op­po­nent, go­ing for­ward at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

Re­becca Web­ster fended off her op­po­nent and kicked truly on the run from 40 m for the Bushies only goal in the fi­nal term, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Rebels out­classed the Bushrangers with their speed and skill to come away with a six-point vic­tory.

Satur­day sees the Mur­ray Bushrangers travel to War­rawee Park, Oak­leigh for their round eight clash against East­ern Rangers.

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