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Feast eyes on future stars

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March 30, 2018

Murray Bushrangers during last year's TAC Cup season. This year's squad today faced Bendigo Pioneers in round two, ahead of the Goulburn Valley League season opener at Deakin Reserve.

Interest always surrounds what the future generation of AFL talent looks like, ensuring there will be a stream of supporters arriving at Deakin Reserve early today.

Prior to the Goulburn Valley League beginning its season, Murray Bushrangers will host Bendigo Pioneers in round two of the TAC Cup.

Numurkah legend and Bushies senior assistant coach Mark Brown is expecting local talents to put their best foot forward in front of people involve in their junior development.

‘‘Last week (Shepparton’s) Lachlan Ash began his season with a solid performance and will be looking to build on his game,’’ Brown said.

‘‘Along with other locals Jye Chalcraft, Kyle Clarke (both Shepparton United) and Laitham Vandermeer (Mooroopna), they should all enjoy a home ground experience.’’

Clarke will be hoping his time on Deakin Reserve lasts longer than last season when as a bottom-ager he lasted just 10 minutes before going down with an ankle injury against Calder Cannons.

But the backman is being noticed by AFL selectors, along with fellow Demon Zane Barzen who will sit out today’s match after injuring his ankle in round one.

The first round of the year is one the Bushies wanted to move on from swiftly.

Unable to produce the skills they have shown throughout the pre-season against Gippsland, Murray was comprehensively accounted for.

But there is a chance of gathering its first win of the season against the Pioneers who enter the match off a one-point victory.

Bendigo also has its fair share of Goulburn Valley talent with Rochester’s Jacob Atley aiming to put his best foot forward in order to join brothers Joe and Shaun in the AFL.

Captaining the side, the attacking half-back will lead a team also consisting Tongala’s Bailey Waasdorp and Kyabram’s Riley Ironside as well as a large contingent of Echuca talents.

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