THE Murray Bushrangers are under pressure to make the TAC Cup finals after suffering a 53-point loss to Sandringham at Victoria Park yesterday.
They must now defeat Northern Knights in next weekend’s final round or rely on Sandringham losing to Western Jets.
Darren Ogier’s team was under pressure from the outset with the writing on the wall after managing just one scoring shot to nine in the opening quarter.
The Bushrangers were continually outnumbered with captain Michael Gibbons often left to fight a losing battle.
Following up from his strong performance for Lavington last weekend, Gibbons provided plenty of dash through the centre and did his chances of being drafted no harm.
Wodonga’s Kayne Turner also performed admirably along with Jydon Neagle and Jake Sharp.
Turner has forced his way into the Bushrangers after several strong showings for the Ovens and Murray Bulldogs and was one of his team’s few winners yesterday.
Sandringham played its best football in the second and third quarters.
In other matches, Western Jets brushed aside Bendigo, Northern Knights accounted for North Ballarat Rebels, Dandenong Stingrays edged out Gippsland Power by eight points, Calder Cannons defeated Geelong Falcons by one point and Eastern Ranges upstaged Oakleigh Chargers.
The Bushrangers play the Northern Knights at 1pm at Norm Minns Oval on Saturday.