Tough trip for Bushies
IT was thought that the trip to play Dederang Mt Beauty would be a cracker and so it proved.
With a mixed bag of results Beechworth must now accept that its finals aspirations have been tempered to a minor participating role.
However, there is still plenty to look forward to for the rest of the season and small victories can be recognized.
With players still developing and again a promising emergence of next generation players, the club has shown the resilience that has been present for its long history.
The senior footballers knew they would be in for a challenge from Dederang with the result changing the position of both teams on the ladder.
The first quarter was a hard working performance by both teams with plenty of run and contests leaving the Bushrangers with a narrow two point lead.
Dederang was the first to respond and, scoring 5.4 to 1.5, took an improved advantage into the half time break.
The Bushrangers were not finished and tightening their defence, outscored their opponents three goals one to two goals two, in the lowest scoring quarter of the match.
The Bushrangers have been consistently a strong final quarter side, but again had left too much to be done and Dederang matched them to consolidate their hard fought victory.
The Bushrangers had contributions from the whole team with Dylan Pritchard kicking four, Brayden Carey two and Jesse Dale, Kayde Surrey, Josh Garland and Tom Cartledge one each.
It was again the small things that made the difference but the side lost little respect as they again showed determination and endurance were in strong supply.
At home this week against top of the ladder Kiewa the side will have to show its resilience is matched by the effort which they have displayed all season.
Four quarters of their best will trouble any side and if Kiewa take this game lightly the Bushrangers can certainly grab another victory.
Meanwhile, the day on the courts started with the first win of the season for Dederang under 13s while the equally momentous win of the Beechworth C grade highlighted the potential for the future.
Despite their loss, the under 13 were in the contest all day and tightened the game until the last goal while the under 15s were again consistent and played out the match but could not provide enough rebound to trouble their opponents.
The B grade again battled hard all day matching their opposition in the last quarter to show they are continuing their improvemen while A Grade was also overwhelmed by a fast starting Dederang side who continued to apply the pressure on a hard working defence for the Bushies.
The form of the under 14 football team is continuing with the whole team performing well.
The tight defence, which shuts down their opponents, provides a springboard for the midfield who join the forwards on the scoreboard.
Niedra and Scalzo both scored three goals, while Pronk and Wilkinson scored twice.
Eaton, Hirst and Pollock added to their performance with a goal while Mom, Rosser, Romero, Shedden, O Meara, Bladon and Smith all kicked a goal showing the evenness of the team.
The under 17 also showed the merit of a hard working defence limiting the scoring of Dederang to three shots while creating plenty of their own.
After a slow start the Jacobsson brothers supported by Duggan, Voight and Guthrie emerged to support Webb who kicked three goals.
The Reserves took the same lesson to the field and started with a strong first quarter which provided a sound base for the game.
The defence was again tight from the outset and with Robinson, Chambeyron, Thomson, and Clark featuring in the best.
UNDER PRESSURE: Beechworth star midfielder Josh Garland puts a heavy tackle on his Dederang Mt Beauty opponent.
HIGH FLYERS: Beechworth duo Kayde Surrey (left) and Connor Maher contest for a mark during senior action on Saturday afternoon.