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Young guns fly at Avalon

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May 12, 2018

Shepparton’s Jordon Butts racked up the most possessions in the match which served as a curtain raiser to a VFL game between Werribee and Collingwood.

Murray Bushranger talents were flying during a Young Guns game at Avalon airport oval last weekend.

During a TAC Cup development bye, Shepparton’s Jordon Butts racked up the most possessions in the match which served as a curtain raiser to a VFL game between Werribee and Collingwood.

Mooroopna’s Laitham Vandermeer proved himself in the match which pooled together the best young talents across the TAC Cup and the VFL and let them do battle.

Nathalia’s Tom Boyd was also effective, hitting the scoreboard while serving the side as a swingman.

But Murray coach Leon Higgins has preferred to use the over-age player in the back six.

‘‘We’ve tried to keep him as settled as we can and we feel he’s most comfortable as a defender and understands his role really well there so he’s played there for the majority of the year apart from about a half down forward,’’ he said.

The Bushrangers meet Northern Knights at Preston City Oval today for a difficult contest against the metro side.

After two weeks away from competition Higgins is confident his side can carry on the momentum from four consecutive wins.

Although the Bushies have been slow to start, the performance in attack of players, including Benalla’s Patrick Warner and Wodonga’s Hudson Garoni, has been positive.

‘‘Our tall forwards have been challenging the opposition and our scoring has been quite good,’’ Higgins said.

‘‘Our bigger bodied players in the middle have been able to wear down the opposition.’’

Higgins made mention of Shepparton United’s Ed Adams, who has been a consistent performer at a senior Goulburn Valley League level this year.

‘‘Ed Adams has been coming into some good form locally, he’s been patient and put in a lot of work and waited to get a game,’’ he said.

●Bec Webster, Millie Brown, Tamara Smith and Julia Harvey are all in contention for the AFLW under-18 national championships.

The quartet are in the upper echelon of the TAC Cup youth girls competition and will be integral in the Bushies’ final match of the season.

Competing against the Northern Knights at RAMS Arena, all four are available as Sam Ahmet has a full list to choose from for the first time in more than a month.

Murray will be doing its upmost to end the season on a positive note after suffering four consecutive losses, but an A-grade performance will be necessary given the Knights’ supreme season.

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