The Murray Bushrangers will welcome back the bulk of its top-age players for Saturday's clash against Greater Western Victoria Rebels at Ballarat's MARS Stadium.
After a defeat to Bendigo Pioneers a fortnight ago, where the Bushies weren't permitted to play anyone over the age of 19 due to COVID restrictions, the side has 13 changes with Albury's Cameron McLeod and top midfielder Zavier Maher among the key inclusions.
Coach Mark Brown admitted it's been a disjointed month for the side.
"There's been a lot of ups and downs, especially for the 19s who were forced to sit out, so it's nice to have almost everyone available this week," he said.
"We always focus on the fact it's not about win-loss, it's about providing opportunities to kids to progress to the next level, which of course Paddy (Parnell) and Daniel (Turner) had the opportunity to do (in the AFL mid-season draft).
"We had 11 changes going into our last game against Bendigo and this week I think we're going to have 13 changes coming into this week's side, so that lack of continuity is difficult for the boys.
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"From a win-loss point of view, we try to almost take that right out of it and focus on making sure they prepare as well as they possibly can for it and perform as well as they can in a team setting."
Charlie Byrne is in Essendon's VFL side with the resumption of the competition this weekend.
The team is: B: Tom Bracher, Harry Beasley, Rhys Venturoni; HF: Tyler Norton, Ben Bath, Macca Hallows; C: Tom Panuccio, Noah Bradshaw, Ethan Warbuton; HF: Brayden George, Cameron McLeod, Jett Smith; F: Ben Ashley-Cooper, Achaung Agog, Matt Pellegrino; R: Toby Murray, Kade Chalcraft, Zavier Maher; Int: Jake Cresswell, Declan Bren, Max Clohesy, Ashton Atkinson, Charlie Crisp, Nicholas Quigg; Emg: Kayden Napier, Nick Brennan, Charlie Sanson.
The match starts at 1pm.
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