Bushies’ fate in kids’ hands

THE North East Bushrangers hit the road for the first time this season to tackle Mornington Breakers tomorrow night.

It will be a big challenge for the young squad after easily losing its first two matches.

The Bushrangers will be keen to bounce back as they take on a Breakers team that has shown some good signs, despite winning only one game.

In a blow for the Bushrangers, they will be without Captain Dylan Webb and fellow starter Jon Lindhe.

Coach Jacqui Henry will look, instead, to the youngsters to stand up and fill the void — Lloyd Wright, Christian Paynter and twins, Darcy and Lewis Locke.

Veterans Bobby Tye and Ben Appleford will need to step up and provide leadership for the young squad.

Like the men, the Lady Bushrangers head into this weekend’s game with a depleted squad.

In a major blow for coach Jason Bannerman, captain and leading scorer Rachel Jeffery, Sarah Mellington and Stacey de Koeyer will be missing.

Both teams have a one- two record, so Bannerman will be hoping his youngsters can step up.

Alaana Northey, Jade McCowan and Alana Sutton will look to take advantage of extended minutes and responsibility to make an impact.