Shepparton United talents had another field day for the Murray Bushrangers.
The Bushies ground out a scrappy win against Western Jets, contending with a strong breeze blowing across the beachside Burbank Oval in Williamstown.
But Demons talent Angus Hicks blitzed the midfield, with Bushrangers assistant coach Ben Davey saying he was rightly judged Murray’s best.
‘‘He’s one of our starting onballers and really stepped up, I think he had 10 clearances and nine tackles,’’ he said.
‘‘He’s almost our number one midfielder and gets a lot of attention, so to have that influence (was great).’’
Davey has taken charge of the team from Leon Higgins during the TAC Cup’s three futures rounds, which have been designed to showcase underage talent, while many top age players competed at the under-18 National Championships.
Finishing with an eight-point win, Davey said a four-goal to one opening term set the side on its way.
‘‘We played really well for the start of the game, but then the Western Jets adapted to conditions and they played their ground really well,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a good win and we probably won ugly.’’
A familiar Goulburn Valley name in Nick Stuhldreier was an influential part of the Jets’ fightback, with the young Bacchus Marsh talent the son of Kyabram goal-kicking legend Chris.
But while Chris famously kicked 171 goals for the Bombers during the 1993 season, Nick is making more of a name in the midfield after switching from the half-back line.
Nick was among the Jets’ best players on Sunday, while Shepparton United guns Zane Barzen and Kyle Clarke were prominent for the Bushrangers.
Clarke has pushed further in the midfield from his defensive line recently and snared two goals against the Jets, as did Barooga’s Daniel Johnston and Wodonga’s Hudson Garoni.
Mark Marriott gained the praise of Davey as the Benalla tall shouldered the load against much bigger bodies.
Souring the win was a heavy knock to Laitham Vandermeer, who went off slightly dazed, and Albury’s Jacob Koschitzke injured his lower leg.
Murray Bushrangers 4.2, 6.3, 9.6, 9.7 (61)
Western Jets 1.1, 3.4, 6.6, 7.11 (53)
Murray Bushrangers: Angus Hicks, Mark Marriott, Zane Barzen, Jessy Wilson, Kyle Clarke, Will Donaghey.
Murray Bushrangers: Kyle Clarke 2, Daniel Johnston 2, Hudson Garoni 2, Mathew Walker, Will Donaghey, David Smith.