Four Saints in Bushrangers squad
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.