The Murray Bushrangers flexed their muscles against their Country neighbours, the Bendigo Pioneers, at the QEO on Sunday. The Pioneers started well but were blown out of the water by a disciplined Bushrangers side that transitioned the ball with ease from defence into attack. Physically stronger than their counterparts, the Bushrangers dominated in most areas of the ground.
Here are some of the players that stood out:
DANIEL JOHNSTON | 196cm | 99kg | Key Forward | Murray Bushrangers
Johnstone ended up with a bag of eight goals after having five at the main break. He simply dominated the game in the air and the Pioneers had no match up for his height and strength. He took several strong pack marks but was just as good when the ball came to ground. Johnston should get drafted later this year and with a few more performances like that it could see him rocket up the draft boards
JOE RICHARDS | 176cm | 71kg | Mid Forward | Murray Bushrangers
After coming off a bag of goals in the strong Ovens and Murray League last week, Richards was once again dangerous around goal. He seemed to play without an opponent at times and was constantly in good scoring positions. He finished with a nice five goal haul and will be a player to be watched in the TAC finals later in the year. Richards is smart, quick and a very good shot for goal.
Jordan Butts | 195cm | 80kg | Key Forward | Murray Bushrangers
Butts returned to TAC football after playing for Vic Country in the National Championships. He immediately stamped his authority on the match. Butts marked almost everything that came his way and finished the day with three goals. He played as a high forward and the ball continually went through him, allowing Butts to have a huge influence on the contest.
Kane Farrell | 180cm | 72kg | Forward | Bendigo Pioneers
Farrell played one of his better games on the weekend for the Bendigo Pioneers. We all know he has a great ‘leg’ when he wheels around on to his left but he looked to cover the ground better than he has in the past. Farrell used his pace to break the lines at times and kicked a nice goal. He is a classy player and if he can become even more consistent will make further progress.
Darby Henderson | 177cm | 72kg | Mid | Bendigo Pioneers
Henderson returned to the midfield for the Pioneers for the first time in four weeks and responded with a very good game. The highest possession winner on the ground, Henderson also showed that he can kick goals from the midfield, an area that he needed to work on. His work rate was excellent and he finished with seven tackles and two goals.
Jobe Warde | 193cm | 91kg | Ruck | Bendigo Pioneers
Warde battles hard for the Pioneers week in week out and he once again had a good game. He ended up with 40 hit Outs a great return considering he is undersized for his position. Warde needs to add another string to his bow as he could become a very good player if he could do more around the ground. Warde has a good leap and can influence stoppages with his tap work.