Four Saints in Bushrangers squad

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

BY TATE SPI­TERI

FOUR Myrtle­ford foot­ballers will be given a chance to play TAC Cup foot­ball in 2019 fol­low­ing se­lec­tion in the Mur­ray Bushrangers’ 90man pre­sea­son train­ing squad.

Will Quirk (17), Ry­ley Bouker (16), Char­lie Crisp (16) and Do­minic Be­dendo (16) will all be given the chance to im­press this pre­sea­son.

Quirk, a vet­eran of 37 se­nior games, will look to re­sume his rep­re­sen­ta­tive ca­reer with se­lec­tion in the fi­nal squad af­ter he had a year off to play solely in the Ovens Mur­ray this sea­son.

The 17-year-old ath­letic mid­fielder has been on the Bushrangers’ radar for some time hav­ing played for them at un­der 15s and 16s level.

Quirk was also best on ground play­ing for the Ovens and Mur­ray’s un­der 18s side in the Vic­to­rian Coun­try Cham­pi­onships this year.

Crisp, Be­dendo and Bouker were all mem­bers of the un­der 16s Saints team that went through the home and away sea­son un­de­feated.

Crisp a ver­sa­tile ruck­man, stood out with his size and mark­ing abil­ity while Be­dendo has ex­plo­sive pace and tremen­dous goal sense.

Bouker’s se­lec­tion is a jus­tre­ward for a dom­i­nant ju­nior ca­reer in the WDJFL that brought with it an un­prece­dented 325 goals.

Mur­ray Bushrangers Tal­ent Man­ager, Mick Wil­son said that the rig­or­ous se­lec­tion process for the squad be­gan in July.

“Se­lec­tion in­volved club nom­i­na­tions, trial games and meet­ings with re­gional re­cruit­ing staff,” he added.

“There will be a num­ber of play­ers dis­ap­pointed not to make the squad, how­ever play­ers who con­tinue to work hard on their fit­ness and skill level will be mon­i­tored in the pre-sea­son and 2019 matches. His­tory sug­gests that a num­ber of these play­ers will de­velop and come into squads ei­ther through­out the sea­son or in com­ing years”

Emilee McPher­son who lives and at­tends school in Myrtle­ford but plays her foot­ball for Thur­goona was also in­cluded in the fe­male Bushrangers squad.

WHACK: Tyler Thoma­son (above) hits out bat­ting for Bright P-12 Col­lege against Myrtle­ford in Myrtle­ford last Thurs­day.

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