Murray Bushrangers girls

By Tyler Maher

Putting the fun into footy has been a key message for the Murray Bushrangers under-18 girls for the past fortnight.

The Bushies fell comfortably to powerhouse Northern Knights in the first round of the NAB League season, but a weekend off has allowed coach Tim Madden to re-energise his troops.

‘‘Obviously it gave us a chance to regroup after a pretty tough hit-out in round one,’’ Madden said.

‘‘We went back to basics at training and everyone was really vocal, and it was just about getting that excitement and enthusiasm into the group.

‘‘It was the best two weeks of training we’ve had all preseason actually.’’

The Bushies host the Western Jets in Yarrawonga tomorrow, with captain Millie Brown among a list of five inclusions set to boost the home outfit’s chances of victory.

‘‘We’re looking forward to the home game,’’ Madden said.

‘‘Both teams had a tough game first up, so I’m sure the Jets will come up ready to take it right up to us.

‘‘We’ve tried to stay really positive after the first game and I’m confident the great training sessions will transfer to (great performances) out there (tomorrow).’’

Mooroopna product Brown will slot straight into the middle of the ground for the Bushies, while Shepparton Notre’s Tali Verhoeven will add plenty of buzz around a forward line still searching for its first major of the season.

Thurgoona duo Chelsea Hargreaves and Emilee McPherson will also come into the side, along with debutant Olivia Antonello (Montmorency).

Tomorrow’s under-18 clash at JC Lowe Oval starts at 12.45pm, following an 11am Futures clash.