Bushrangers fight off Rebels for win
The Murray Bushrangers have secured their fourth consecutive victory with a 17-point win against Greater Western Victoria Rebels at RAMS Arena at Craigieburn.
After again having a slow start to trail at quarter-time, the Bushrangers were able to stay in the contest and led by five points at half-time.
They extended the lead to 18 points midway through the third quarter, however the Rebels fought back and trailed by just one point at three-quartertime.
In a tight last quarter, the Bushrangers briefly lost the lead before gaining momentum in the final 10 minutes to win by 17 points.
The match was hard fought with the Murray team having to fight back several times to stay in the contest.
Ely Smith continued his solid form with a best-onground game for the Bushrangers. His inside midfield work was a highlight and he scored a crucial goal with three minutes remaining to put the Bushies 10 points ahead.
Lachlan Ash and Ajak Dang continued their excellent TAC Cup form, featuring highly among the disposals and kicking efficiency as they transitioned the ball from half-back through the midfield.
Versatile big man Jacob Koschitzke took multiple contested marks across the ground and kicked a goal to keep the Rebels at arm’s length.
Another strong performer was Jye Chalcraft, who continues to impress with his contested possessions and has played through the midfield and across half-forward with great effect.
Kyle Clarke is transitioning well from defender to midfielder and took multiple contested marks at crucial stages in the game.
Laitham Vandermeer also provided considerable skill and speed while playing in the unfamiliar role of defender.
This weekend, the Murray Bushrangers have a TAC Cup Development Weekend, which sees all TAC Cup teams having a bye to allow most of their players to return to represent their home clubs at local level.
Players will be monitored for workload and wellbeing before a decision on their local club football is finalised.
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