Sea­son over for young Bushies

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - INDIGO SPORT - SEA­SON ENDS: Beech­worth’s Fred Wilkin­son chases the ball. By CAM POTTER


THE quest for back-to-back pre­mier­ships is over, with Ruther­glen de­feat­ing Beech­worth in the first semi fi­nal by 17 points.

The Bushrangers failed to fire a shot un­til the last quar­ter, reg­is­ter­ing 1.6 (12) through the first three quar­ters be­fore ex­plod­ing with two goals to Ruther­glen’s four points.

Ruther­glen held a nine-point quar­ter time lead at Sandy Creek Oval on Satur­day, hold­ing the Bushrangers to 1.3.

The Cats held the Bushrangers to just three points over the next two quar­ters of foot­ball to stamp their author­ity on the game.

Beech­worth’s Bay­den Mom, Ryan Pol­lock, Char­lie Ross were the goal kick­ers for the Bushrangers, while Billy O’Meara put in a power of work.

The Cats were well served by Sam Ed­mond­son who added a goal to a fine game.

But the fourth quar­ter goal kick­ing from the Bushrangers came too late, and the Cats held their nerve to move on to the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

For the reign­ing pre­miers, Beech­worth, their sea­son comes to an end falling in both of their fi­nals games, but will no doubt bounce back hard in 2019.

It wasn’t a failed sea­son by any means with Bay­den Mom show­cas­ing his goal kick­ing prow­ess, fin­ish­ing with 41 goals on the sea­son and the Bushrangers win­ning 11 matches.

The club will hold its pre­sen­ta­tion night on Fri­day night at Baar­mutha Park, contact the club for tick­ets.

The count will be­gin at 6.30pm.

PHOTO: Chan­tal Pronk

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