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Power-ful push for Bushies

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September 05, 2017

Euroa's Jett Trotter and his Murray Bushranger teammates received a visit at training from three-time Brisbane premiership player Luke Power.

Murray Bushrangers had an injection of power into their training session during the week.

Three-time Brisbane premiership player Luke Power dropped in to Wangaratta as part of his role as AFL National Academy coach.

Power took over the job from former Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson who became an assistant coach at Collingwood this season.

The Lions great ran training drills with the Bushies’ talents and was impressed by the program being run by senior coach Leon Higgins and his assistants.

‘‘The Murray Bushrangers are a great club and provide a professional environment for the players to be nurtured and developed,’’ he said.

‘‘It is also great to see the players and be able to interact and talk to the next generation of AFL talent.’’

Power’s appearance came at a crucial time to encourage the players to see out the season strongly as Murray enters its final game of the regular season.

The Bushrangers have struggled in recent weeks, having been defeated in their past three encounters.

But a chance to finish in the top four is still up for grabs should the Bushies defeat Gippsland Power at Victoria Park tomorrow.

Higgins will be hopeful of a strong performance to help boost his side’s confidence as it heads into the first week of finals.

Mooroopna’s Dave Smith returns to the side after solid performances in the Cats’ under-18s side.

Key forward Tom Boyd (Picola United) will miss the match with concussion, putting more pressure on the side’s forwards as Daniel Johnston (Barooga) continues to be sidelined by a back injury.

Will Chandler (Corowa-Rutherglen) receives the opportunity to make his debut; the young talent is the son of Jeff Chandler who played 50 games for North Melbourne from 1987-1992.

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