Murray Bushrangers returned to the winner’s list on Sunday, belting Greater Western Victoria Rebels by 50 points after a sensational final term at Craigieburn.
In a disrupted period for the TAC Cup with the looming under-18 National Championships, the Bushies had two weeks to stew about a disappointing loss to Oakleigh in round eight.
Leon Higgins’ side was determined to atone for that effort, but found the ninth-placed Rebels stiff competition up until the final change.
But as soon as the ball bounced for the last quarter, the dam wall burst and Murray kicked six goals to none.
The Bushies shared the goals around in a pleasing display, with Shepparton United young gun Zane Barzen again highlighting his star potential with three goals.
Since making his TAC Cup debut against Calder Cannons last month, Barzen has seven majors and has been named the Bushies’ best twice.
He will have a chance to shine on the biggest stage for a junior player as he is a member of the Victoria Country squad for the national championships.
Vic Country plays its first game against the Allies in Sydney on Sunday.
Fellow local products Jordon Butts (Shepparton), Laitham Vandermeer (Mooroopna) and Tom Boyd (Picola United) have also been included.
Doulton Langlands was named the Bushies’ best against the Rebels, while Ryan Bruce, Nick Richards, Harry Jones, Isaac Wallace and Mathew Walker (four goals) had productive outings.
The Bushies have another break this weekend before gearing up for a trip to Dandenong on June 17 to play the Stingrays.