Memorial victory as Bushies gun down Jets

April 04, 2018

Grace Egan fires off a handpass to a teammate in the Murray Bushrangers’ youth girls win against Western Jets. The Bushies put in a blistering performance at Euroa’s Memorial Oval yesterday.

Murray's Millie Brown is congratulated on one of her two goals.

Murray's Sophie Damon juggles the ball.

Murray's Nikki Watts finds her player.

Players listen to their coach's instructions during the break.

Murray Bushrangers executed an impressive win at Memorial Oval yesterday.

In the Bushies’ only youth girls match in the Goulburn Valley this season, the side ran rampant at Euroa as it overcame Western Jets by 25 points.

Mooroopna’s Millie Brown was on fire early with the co-captain slotting the first two goals of the match and the clock had not even ticked over four minutes.

Julia Harvey was not about to let Brown take all the accolades, sending a kick truly towards the sticks as the Bushrangers took a commanding 19-point lead early.

The Jets fought back with six points of their own although Brown’s co-captain Bec Webster (Benalla) chimed in with a major to hold the margin at 19 points at the first break.

Things slowed down in the second term as Western Jets shored up their structures, with the Bushrangers the only side to make a breakthrough and score the sole major of the quarter.

The Jets narrowly won the third term to bring the margin back to 20 points heading into the final quarter, but Murray steadied to hold its opponent to just one point in the last stanza.

Olivia Barber (Lavington) continued her solid season with best afield accolades for her work in the ruck in the absence of Tali Verhoeven.

Tamara Smith was also brilliant as an on-baller in the 46-21 victory, with her work around stoppages unrivalled across the TAC Cup youth girls’ competition.

The win continues Murray Bushrangers’ undefeated youth girls campaign since the competition was instigated last year.

Having won all five games in the inaugural season, the Bushies drew last week against Gippsland Power as the only minor blight on their record.

But with the full four points added to the tally, Sam Ahmet’s side is well positioned in fourth place heading into the remainder of the season.

The next challenge for the Bushrangers is a mammoth match against top-of-the-table Geelong Falcons on Sunday afternoon in Bendigo.

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