The Murray Bushrangers fell to Bendigo Pioneers for the second time this season with a 31-point defeat at Echuca yesterday.
Bendigo conceded the first goal but took charge after that to record a 12.12 (84) to 8.5 (53) victory.
The Bushrangers had 11 changes from their last outing, with Paddy Parnell and Daniel Turner picked up at the AFL mid-season draft, while no players 19 or older were permitted to play under COVID-19 rules.
Coach Mark Brown said his side wasn't clean enough with ball in hand and could never get control of the game.
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Kade Chalcraft and Nick Brennan booted two each for the Bushies, while Noah Bradshaw was the standout in the midfield.
"I think he (Bradshaw) has had a really impressive first five games. At this stage he's our leading bottom-age mid," Brown said.
"He's played second fiddle to guys like Zavier Maher and Kade Chalcraft, but today he got his opportunity."
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