Heavy de­feat hurts

The Cobram Courier - - GAME ON -

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.

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