Bushrangers tough on road

THE Murray Bushrangers will take on the toughest road trip in the TAC Cup tomorrow when they travel to Dandenong to play the Stingrays.

With up to 14 players unavailable due to the national championships and VFL commitments, coach Darren Ogier will have a young line-up.

“It has been a really good test of our depth over the last month and all our players have shown really good character and commitment to ensure we have been competitive in each game,” Ogier said.

“We played 13 bottom age boys last week and the experience they are receiving at this level of footy is pivotal to their development.

“I have been impressed with the players who are in their first year of the program.

“Marty Brennan (Rutherglen) and Connor Brown (Waaia) have really stepped up over the last month of football.

“It has also been pleasing to see game day reward for young men who have been demonstrated great commitment to their training, players Brady and Ryley Sharp, Dion Metzner and Callum Crisp all fit that category.”

Only one win separates the teams on the ladder and Ogier will turn to Tom Holman, David Mennen and Jackson Clarke to lead the way.

“It will be a really good contest against the Stingrays this week,” he said.

“They have a number of quality footballers and will be hard to beat on their home ground.

“Having said that our form has been really impressive so we go in the clash with a lot of confidence.”

Several Bushrangers played in the winning NSW division two under-18 side at Etihad on Wednesday, pushing back selection to last night.