Murray Bushrangers face tall order against Dandenong Stingrays

THE Murray Bushrangers will be playing for top spot on the TAC Cup ladder when they do battle with Dandenong Stingrays at Craigieburn on Saturday.

Ben Kelly will play a vital role for the Bushrangers in the ruck. Picture: STEPHEN HICKS

Ben Kelly will play a vital role for the Bushrangers in the ruck. Picture: STEPHEN HICKS

Both teams have five wins from six matches with coach Leon Higgins describing the clash as the Bushrangers’ toughest of the season.

“They are a really good team,” Higgins said.

“They have some well-credentialed players with a lot of talls.

“We do too but they probably have more options than us at the moment.”

The Bushrangers were dealt a blow when ruckman Mark Marriott hurt his knee kicking at the end of training on Wednesday night while Ed Dayman is out with concussion.

Jordan Butts, Ajak Dang and Jacob Koschitzke could be used to help Ben Kelly.

Matt Walker (GWS Academy), Kelly (injury) and Dylan Clarke (injury) have come into the side with Dayman (concussion), Will Chandler (hamstring) and Marriott (knee) dropping out.

Bullocking Yarrawonga midfielder Ely Smith will play a major role at the stoppages after producing some excellent recent form while Riley Bice, Bailey Frauenfelder, James Boyer and Kyle Clarke are also in good touch.

The match starts at 12.30pm.

B, J. Boyer, J. Butts, T. Boyd; hb, A. Dang, N. Murray, L. Ash; c, L. Vandermeer, E. Smith, P. Warner; hf, Z Barzen, J. Koschitzke, R. Bice; f, B. Frauenfelder, H. Garoni, M. Walker; foll, B. Kelly, D. Clarke, K. Clarke; inter,  J. Chalcraft, N. Amery, E. Adams, J. Bradshaw, K. Davies (23rd). Emerg, R. Quinn, L. Whyte, R Goodley.