Heavy defeat hurts
The Murray Bushrangers were soundly defeated by the Oakleigh Chargers at the Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta at the weekend.
The Bushrangers were always going to find the going tough after conceding the opening five goals of the contest and had to chase for the remainder of the game.
Trailing by 34 points at the first break, the Bushrangers played a better second term, however two late goals saw Oakleigh lead by 38 points at the main break.
The third term saw the Bushrangers produce their best quarter, kicking one goal from four attempts while negating Oakleigh to just two behinds.
Trailing by 31 points at the final break, the Bushrangers were in the contest but Oakleigh dominated the final term, kicking five goals to one to eventually win by 54 points.
Ruckman Mark Marriott was the dominant big man around the ground, winning a number of contested possessions and using the ball to advantage.
Jordon Butts continued his recent good form, kicking a goal and attacking the ball hard up forward.
First gamer Rob Paradzayi was a standout for the Bushrangers. He continually contested the football and worked hard to supply his teammates by hand and foot.
Captain Kyle Clarke fought hard for the ball and played his role.
Matt Walker played his best game for the Bushrangers this season and led the goal kickers with two.
His aerial marking and skills with the football brought teammates into the contest.
Defender turned wingman Tom Boyd tried his hardest and a highlight was his game awareness and delivery of the football to his teammates.
The Murray Bushrangers will head to Queen Elizabeth Oval on Sunday to play the Bendigo Pioneers.
Round nine in the TAC Cup is also Sockit to MND Round, raising awareness and fundraising around motor neurone disease.