Bushrangers start Sun­day

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT -

Five Finley Wild­cats play­ers are in the mix to rep­re­sent the Mur­ray Bushrangers TAC Cup Un­der 18 Girls’ side as the squad pre­pares for their round one clash against Calder Cannons in Yar­ra­wonga on Sun­day.

Eloise Ash­ley-Cooper, Elle Brooks, Hay­ley Doohan, Holly Robin­son and Kayla Smith were all se­lected for the fi­nal 45 player Bushrangers squad.

The first round clash against the Cannons will be played at JC Lowe Oval, with the Bushrangers’ tal­ent co­or­di­na­tor Bri­ana Cos­sar say­ing the team will be se­lected af­ter train­ing tonight.

‘‘All five of the Finley girls are cer­tainly in the mix,’’ she said.

‘‘The whole squad has been train­ing hard though so it will make se­lec­tion dif­fi­cult.’’

Cos­sar also said the se­lec­tion process for the fi­nal squad was a rig­or­ous one.

‘‘More than 70 young fe­males from across the re­gion par­tic­i­pated in a high level foot­ball train­ing pro­gram,’’ she said.

‘‘This has in­cluded in­tra club games and ath­letic test­ing through­out the pro­gram to en­sure play­ers have the foot­ball and ath­letic abil­ity to per­form at TAC Cup level.’’

Bushrangers coach Sam Ah­met high­lighted the high qual­ity of skill on dis­play.

‘‘It was a very tough se­lec­tion process and credit to all the girls’ junior foot­ball clubs, their coaches and vol­un­teers for de­vel­op­ing their foot­ball skills. Each of th­ese play­ers are well pre­pared for the up­com­ing sea­son.’’

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