Shepparton United’s Zane Barzen showed his serious promise for the future by dominating in his second game for Murray Bushrangers.
A first-year player in the TAC Cup system, Barzen stepped up when counted to lead the Bushies to an exceptional 23-point victory against reigning premier Sandringham Dragons.
The Bushies turned the tables in the grand final rematch, working their way in front during the second and third quarters to never look back and win 13.11 (89) to 9.12 (66).
Barzen’s best afield performance, which included a goal, was sure to catch the eye of talent scouts, with the game at Wangaratta’s Norm Minns Oval a curtain-raiser to the VFL clash between Werribee and Collingwood.
Fellow United product Kyle Clarke was also outstanding and was named in Murray’s best.
Cobram’s Sam Beasley, Albury’s Riley Bice (three goals), Nathalia’s Nathan Oakes and Wodonga Raiders talent Will Donaghey all played key roles in the outstanding result.
Bice’s performance was all the more impressive considering he was making his debut.
Ben Paton kicked the goal of the day with a long bomb from outside 50.
The Bushies sit second on the ladder, a game behind Geelong, which remains undefeated after seven rounds.
Leon Higgins’ team faces another stern challenge at Wangaratta on Saturday when it hosts third-placed Oakleigh Chargers.