Seniors defeat Hawthorn – 17.17.119 to 10.14.74
The Bushrangers started 2017 in style getting the better of Hawthorn in their season opener.
Winning away at Hawthorn had recently been a tall order as the Hawks had only lost two games at home in 2 seasons. However, the Bushies preseason led by new coach Greg Freemantle had the boys in good touch and condition and the Bushies led comfortably from start to finish.
New players Wildsmith, Donelan and Chamberlain impressed while Jono Trend was his reliable self in his 200th game.
Goals: W. Elsworth 4, D. Wildsmith 3, N. Chamberlain 3, S. Yeo 2, J. Hall 2, M. Gazeas, T. May, W. Fleming
Best: D. Wildsmith, S. Yeo, J. Hall, E. Donelan, W. Elsworth
Reserves defeat Hawthorn – 13.13.91 to 7.10.52
Likewise, for the Reserves it was a convincing win at Rathmines Reserve played in beautiful conditions.
New Player-Coach David Mills had the boys revved up before the game as they piled on 5 goals to 2 in the first quarter and didn’t look back all day. However, the win did come at a cost with injuries to Russell, Canham, Hancock and Goldsmith during the match leaving the team without a bench for the second half! To the boy’s credit, they continued to get the job done running away 39 point winners. Daniel Perry made no mistakes in front of goal while new recruit Jason Eyers from South Australia looked great on the half back flank.
Goals: D. Perry 4, B. Lee 3, G. Sceney 2, B. Seeger, D. Mills, C. Johnson, J. Canham
Best: J. Harding, C. Johnson, D. Perry, L. Bentley, B. Seeger, J. Gleeson
Yarra Women defeat Melbourne Uni in historic first game
On Sunday the Yarra women’s team ran out for their first official match and they certainly did not disappoint. In tough conditions and with only 17 players, the ladies gave 100% for all 4 quarters to bring home the bacon. A 5 goal haul to Maddie Herft was a highlight and Alex Blackburn was well rewarded for her efforts in the middle all day picking up 3 goals of her own. While at the other end of the ground Hil and Maddi Stone locked down the defensive 50, with plenty of intercept marks and clearing kicks. We can not fault anyone’s performance and endeavour. Special mention to D’arcy Jones for the team’s first blood rule!
Goals: Herft 5, Blackburn 3, Sampson
Best: Herft, Blackburn, Blewonski, Stone, Young, Selladurai