Bushrangers fight off Rebels for win

The Cobram Courier - - GAME ON -

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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