The kids who came in for the Futures round were fantastic. It was a really good team effortMick Wilson
THE Murray Bushrangers turned in their best performance of the TAC Cup season to hammer Geelong Falcons by 97 points at Avalon on Saturday.
With Wodonga spearhead Hudson Garoni providing a focal point with six majors, the Bushrangers were unstoppable as they held the Falcons goalless for the first time in their history.
“It was probably the most even performance I’ve seen in my time with the Bushrangers,” talent manager Mick Wilson said.
“The kids who came in for the Futures round were fantastic.
“It was a really good team effort.”
Wodonga’s Liam Andrews was superb in a back-pocket on debut with his kicking and poise under pressure setting up many attacking raids.
Yarrawonga workhorse Ely Smith continued his excellent form with another standout performance of contested ball winning while Rutherglen rookie Cameron Wilson was ferocious in his approach and one of the Bushrangers’ best players.
Small forward Jye Chalcraft worked through the midfield with great effect and Wodonga Raider Dylan Clarke continued to lift his teammates.
Wangaratta Rovers’ Ky Williamson was another good player in his second match for the Bushrangers.
Liam Fiore and Luke Whyte also came under notice.
Wilson said it was pleasing to see the bottom-age players contribute.
“It was great to see them step up and hold their own,” he said.
“That’s exactly what you are after in these games.
“It was a great win but Geelong had 12 bottom age players and another five on representative duty so they were missing quite a few.
“We took a lot out of the game which was pleasing.”
Garoni leads the TAC Cup goalkicking with 29 majors and is well and truly on the radar of AFL clubs after playing consistently for the past two months.
The Bushrangers were coached by Mark Brown with Leon Higgins having commitments with Victoria Country.
They have the bye this weekend before meeting Gippsland at Morwell on July 8.
A handful of Murray Bushrangers will line-up for Victoria Country and the Allies in the national under 18 championships this weekend.