It might have been missing in round one, but Murray Bushrangers certainly showed the might of what they can produce on Good Friday in Shepparton.
At Deakin Reserve the Bushies secured their first win of the season and showed signs that coach Leon Higgins hopes will again be on show against Geelong Falcons today.
‘‘I think we found some improvement from the round one game and were much cleaner with the ball and used it cleaner through the middle of the ground,’’ he said.
‘‘Guys were running and carrying the ball really well and Lachie Ash was good in both games and used the ball well.’’
Shepparton’s Ash has impressed in both of his matches with Murray this season, due to his dedication.
‘‘He certainly has a high work rate, he uses his speed in offence and defence and his running and carrying from half-back is great,’’ Higgins said.
Having easily accounted for Bendigo Pioneers, today’s clash sees a need for a cohesive Bushrangers unit to take on the top-of- the-table Falcons.
Every year Geelong boasts a damaging side in the TAC Cup and this season is again no different.
‘‘They’ve got a team similar to Bendigo with small and medium size players so we’ll look to use the ball well; they’ll kick the ball short so we would imagine in contrast we’ll go long,’’ Higgins said.
Tatura’s Charlie Hill has already stamped himself as an integral member of the Bushrangers line up.
After injuring his hip in round one, the midfielder is back in the fold to provided added run.
Shepparton’s Jordon Butts will also be eased back into competition following ankle surgery.
●Murray Bushrangers youth girls side oozes class and face one of their most testing challenges when they also meet Geelong.
But the blockbuster will see both sides have players unavailable due to AFL Academy commitments, with co-captains Millie Brown and Bec Webster’s absence leaving a huge hole.
As a result Grace Egan, Tamara Smith and Ada Chessor will be needed to bring a first-class performance tomorrow.