Round 15 TAC CUP Murray Bushrangers vs Tasmania

The Murray Bushrangers head to Highgate Recreation Reserve in Craigieburn this Saturday to host the Tasmanian Under 18 Team. Following a morale boosting victory over the Western Jets in their last round the Bushrangers with four games remaining in the season will be looking for two wins in a row.

The Murray Bushrangers have lost a trio of top age players with Captain Nick Mellington (Benalla) and Tom Holman (Kyabram) suffering hamstring injuries during local football last week, Brody Webster will miss with suspension.

 All Australian under 18 defender Caleb Marchbank will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Marchbank who has performed brilliantly throughout the TAC CUP and then National Carnival will undergo surgery next week before commencing his rehabilitation program with the Bushrangers. Caleb will be fit commence pre-season training in October / November.

 The Bushrangers will debut 16 year old Jy Simpkin from the Mooroopna Football Club, Jy who performed well for Victorian Country in the recent Under 16 nationals is a hard running skillful midfielder.

Talent Manager Lee Fraser described Jy’s progress through the Murray Bushrangers program.

‘Jy has been with the Bushrangers program through under 15’s under the guidance of Greg Liddell and Mick O’Dwyer and earlier this season he represented the Bushrangers under 16’s before being rewarded by representing Vic Country in the Under 16 National Carnival.

‘The TAC CUP provides yet another step up in standard that will give Jy a great insight in what is required to be a TAC CUP player’ ‘A key part of Jy’s development has been the support and opportunities provided at the Mooroopna football club where he made his senior debut (3 goals and 25 possession’s) earlier in the season’.

Bottom age players Nate Trotter (Euroa), Levi Middleton (Finley) and Michael Reidy (Mooroopna) all come into the side for this weeks clash.

Coach Darren Ogier was confident of a good result against a strong Tasmanian outfit ‘I watched the Tassy squad play at Windy Hill a few weeks back and they have some good players we will need to keep a close eye on’.

‘We have done our homework and feel that we can match up on them across the ground and hopefully get an advantage in the air with inform ruckman Isaac Muller and forward duo Josh Schache & Dion Metzner’

‘It is disappointing to lose experienced players through injury, however we feel that we have the depth in the list to perform well and hopefully be in the final 8 at the end of the round’.

This weekend’s game is on Saturday afternoon from 1.00pm at Rams Arena in Craigieburn





Jy Simpkin (Mooroopna) Debut


Caleb Marchbank (Knee)

Nate Trotter (Euroa)


Brody Webster (Suspension)

Levi Middleton (Finley)


Nick Mellington (Hamstring)

Michael Reidy (Mooroopna)


Tom Holman (Hamstring)

Jackson Clarke (Wangaratta Magpies)


Calum Crisp (Myrtleford)

The selected team for this round is:


28. Nate Trotter


36. Mitch Mahady

(North Albury)

13. Dylan McDonald



24. Dan Howe


20. Dougal Howard


33. Connor Brown



2. David Mennen


11. Kieran Ellis


27. Martin Brennan



31. Jackson Clarke

(Wangaratta Magpies)

35. Dion Metzner


4. Luke Smith



53. Levi Middleton


23. Josh Schache


16. Nick Coughlan



32. Isaac Muller

(North Albury)

19. Murray Waite

(Wangaratta Magpies)

9. Brydon Hodgson


Int from

47. Lachlan Dale


26. Jake Marshall


46. Michael Reidy



18. Jim Carroll


52. Jy Simpkin

(Mooroopna) 23rd Player



38. Julius Battista

(Shepparton Bears)

34. Callum Crisp


45. Alister Clarke



Injured Unavailable



Length of Time

Drummond, Nathan



Galloway, Kyle



Holman, Thomas


1 - 2 Weeks

King, Mitch



Leeds, Lachie


1 week

Marchbank, Caleb

Knee - Meniscus


Mellington, Nicholas


1 - 2 Weeks

Mogg, Thomas



Webster, Brody


1 Week


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