THE Murray Bushrangers will be out to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the Northern Knights at Wangaratta’s Norm Minns Oval on Sunday.
Coach Darren Ogier said yesterday that after slipping out of the TAC Cup top eight, a win was crucial with only seven matches remaining.
“There have been a number of positives over the last few weeks with some boys experiencing TAC Cup football for the first time,” Ogier said.
“It’s a bit of a step-up in standard and all boys have commented on the pace of the game.
“You can see in their second and third games they adjust and improve.
“It’s likely to be heavy conditions on Sunday and we feel we have the right balance of talls and smalls this week.”
Brady Sharp (Myrtleford) and Levi Middleton (Finley) will debut for the Bushrangers on Sunday while Brady Pritchard (Yarrawonga), Brody Webster (Benalla), Nate Trotter (Euroa) and Tom Nihill (Nathalia) return to the side.
“Brady and Levi have been playing outstanding senior football and to be honest their form was simply too good to refuse,” Ogier said.
“Levi is an inside midfielder who can push forward and kick goals.
“With wet weather predicted his approach at the contest and pressure on the ball carrier will hold him in good stead.
“Brady Sharp will make his debut a week after twin brother Ryley.
“Brady has been playing good senior football at Myrtleford and we have seen his confidence continue to rise on the training track.”