Round 17 TAC CUP Eastern Rangers vs Murray Bushrangers

The Murray Bushrangers will play their most important game of the year when they head to Box Hill City Oval to take on the Eastern Ranges this Saturday. The two sides have been jossling for 8th spot on the ladder all season and it will all come down to this weekend’s crucial clash.

Bushrangers Coach Darren Ogier was confident the boys were ready of what promises to be a showcase game of TAC CUP football. “The energy within the group is good, they realize what is at stake and we have committed to playing finals football, this is elimination final”.

 “It is a real bonus that the squad will head down to Melbourne on the Friday night to prepare for the game”. “We will have a light run on the Box Hill City Oval on Friday afternoon before finalizing our preparations, it is a great opportunity to spend time together before the game”

 Whilst the Bushrangers will be without VFL pair Dan Howe (Richmond) and Isaac Muller (Essendon) they welcome back Mooroopna trio in Jy Simpkin, Nathan Drummond and Michael Reidy. The side will also be boosted by hard running midfielder Jake Marshall (Deniliquin) and key big man Ryley Sharp (Myrtleford).

 The Bushrangers are pleased to confirm the debut of 15 year old young gun Will Brodie from Notre Dame. Will has progressed through the Bushrangers Under 16 squad earlier in the season before playing for Vic Country in the Under 16 Nationals. Wills form in that carnival earned him an invitation into the AFL Academy Program as one of the top 25 juniors in the Country.

 Ogier described Brodie ‘as an elite ball winning midfielder who at 184cm can push forward and penetrate the scoreboard’. “Will’s form throughout the year has been outstanding and he continues to raise to the required level, we are confident he will find his feet at TAC CUP level”.

 This weekend’s game is on Saturday 16 August from 11.00am at the Box Hill City Oval.

                                                       AFL ACADEMY SELECTIONS.

The Murray Bushrangers Football Club would like to congratulate the following players from across the region have been named in 2015 AFL Academy Programs. It is a great effort by all these young men and we look forward to their continued improvement.


Level 2


  • Josh Schache – (Seymour)
  • Dylan McDonald (Albury Tigers)


Level 1


  • Wil Brodie (Notre Dame)
  • Zachary Sproule (Albury Tigers)
  • Harrison MacREADIE (Henty)
  • Will Setterfield (Scots)


The Level 2 players are made up of players eligible for the 2015 draft, the squad will travel to the United States in January for a twelve day high performance camp. Level two players will also spend time experiencing an elite level environment with one week at an AFL club in late November and another week at a different club in early January.

The Level 1 squad is made up of players eligible for the 2016 draft and provides a range of development opportunities including a trip to New Zealand in April which will coincide with the AFL match in Wellington on ANZAC Day.





Wil Brodie (Notre Dame) Debut 23rd Player


Martin Brennan (Shoulder)

Jy Simpkin (Mooroopna)


Isaac Muller (Essendon VFL)

Nathan Drummond (Mooroopna)


Dan Howe (Richmond VFL)

Michael Reidy (Mooroopna)


Connor Byrne (Lavington)

Jake Marshall (Deniliquin)


Nate Trotter (Euroa)

Ryley Sharp (Myrtleford)


Tom Nihill (Nathalia)

 The selected team for this round is:


52. Jy Simpkin


31. Jackson Clarke

(Wangaratta Magpies)

17.Tom Holman



13. Dylan McDonald


20. Dougal Howard


33. Connor Brown



2. David Mennen


12. Nick Mellington


16. Nick Coughlan



37. Ryley Sharp


36. Mitch Mahady

(North Albury)

19. Murray Waite

(Wangaratta Magpies)


53. Levi Middleton


23. Josh Schache


4. Luke Smith



34. Callum Crisp


1.Brady Pritchard


9. Brydon Hodgson


Int from

18. Jim Carroll


10. Nathan Drummond


46. Michael Reidy



26. Jake Marshall


21. Wil Brodie

(Notre Dame) 23rd Player



30. Alex Tattersall


29. Lachlan Tiziani


38. Julius Battista

(Shepparton Bears)


Injured Unavailable





Length of Time

Brennan, Martin


1 Week

Ellis, Kieran

VFL - Collingwood

2 Weeks

Galloway, Kyle



Howe, Daniel

VFL - Richmond

2 Weeks

King, Mitch



Marchbank, Caleb

Knee - Meniscus


Mogg, Thomas



Muller, Isaac

VFL - Essendon

1 Week



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