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Bushies’ ranks bolstered

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June 24, 2017

Mooroopna’s Laitham Vandermeer makes his way into the Murray Bushrangers line-up for the first time this season as his side takes on Eastern Ranges tomorrow.

Mooroopna’s Laitham Vandermeer makes his way into the Murray Bushrangers line-up for the first time this season as his side takes on Eastern Ranges tomorrow.

Having been committed to playing school football for Xavier College, it is the first chance Vandermeer has had to return to the Bushies after debuting last year.

Taking his spot on the half-back line, Vandermeer only serves to strengthen an already solid defensive unit.

The Bushies were unable to secure a win against Dandenong Stingrays last week, defeated by two points despite kicking 5.2 to 1.1 in the final term.

Shepparton United’s Kyle Clarke was best in the match as Benalla’s Mark Marriott also received high praise from Bushrangers coach Leon Higgins for his input.

As the team returns to its home base at the Wangaratta Showgrounds, Murray has the chance to build some confidence against the eighth-placed Rangers.

Sam Beasley again receives the chance to play TAC Cup football, having taken the field for Cobram seniors throughout the year with a spot in the back pocket saved for him.

It is the second futures round to be run by the competition, with the Bushrangers aiming to rotate through as many underage players as possible while some top-age footballers have commitments to the AFL under-18 National Championships.

Higgins has assembled a side where 12 players are in the younger age bracket with Mooroopna’s Dave Smith one of the top-age teenagers to earn back selection into the team.

●Victoria Country will clash with rivals Victoria Metro in the third round of the under-18 national championships.

Murray Bushranger and Shepparton product Jordon Butts will again play along the half-forward line as he continues to showcase his versatility.

Another Bushranger in Ben Paton (North Albury) also has the chance to showcase his talent as Vic Country searches for its second win of the tournament having already defeated the Allies.

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