Bushies call up four debutants

 Ryley Sharp

Ryley Sharp

FOUR Murray Bushrangers will make their TAC Cup debut against the fifth-placed Geelong Falcons tomorrow.

Myrtleford duo Ryley Sharp and Callum Crisp have been called up following solid form for the Alpine Saints, while Mulwala running machine Dale Powell and Mooroopna’s Michael Reidy were also promoted.

Coach Darren Ogier was full of praise for the quartet.

“‘Crispy’ and Ryley have continued to improve with each training,” Ogier said.

“Both boys have impressed our ruck coach Peter McIntyre with their skill level and more importantly attitude towards their development.

“Dale is an elite runner who has a 15 beep, which, combined with good skills and a strong workrate, gives him an opportunity at TAC Cup level.

“Michael had a late start to the season following state basketball commitments, but has elite athletic characteristics and unique skills.”

Following two nailbiting losses in recent weeks, Ogier was pleased to include Vic Country players Dan Howe, Nathan Drummond and David Mennen.

“Geelong is an elite running side who will aim to get us out in the open spaces,” he said.

“If we can win the contested ball it will provide opportunities for our talls in the forward line.

“It is always an exciting time of the season when the National Carnival is upon us as it provides opportunities for all our boys to get a taste of TAC Cup football.

“Hopefully they will grab it with both hands.”

Mitch Mahady, Kieran Ellis, Nick Coughlan, Dougal Howard, Dylan McDonald, Jimmy Carroll, Isaac Muller and Brydan Hodgson are unavailable due to under-18 national championship commitments.

The game starts at 1pm in Craigieburn.