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Bushies on mission to cut Power

By Alex Mitchell

A second versus third blockbuster is on the cards this weekend as the Murray Bushrangers continue their charge towards TAC Cup finals.

Awaiting them is Gippsland Power, second on the ladder with a 6-2-2 record ahead of the Morwell Recreation Reserve meeting.

But the Bushrangers hit the contest on the back of one of their best performances of the season, while Gippsland enters in poor form.

Murray smashed Geelong Falcons by 97 points in its last outing, not conceding a goal in a massive display of strength.

But the Power slumped to a shock defeat, beaten by the struggling Bendigo Pioneers by 20 points at Windy Hill.

The Bushrangers will be without Mooroopna product Laitham Vandermeer, having broken his collarbone and suffered a concussion in a tackle at the under-18 National Championships.

Getting a win against the Power will be vital in the jostle for position heading into finals; the Power, Bushrangers and Western Jets are locked on 28 points with Sandringham Dragons just one win back in fifth.

Shepparton United’s Liam Fiore and Euroa’s Robbie Paradzayi were left out of the line-up and will enjoy a week away from football with the Goulburn Valley League bye.

●The best female Murray Bushrangers will also take part in important matches in the coming week.

Mooroopna trio Millie Brown, Rebecca Webster and Tamara Smith will travel to the Gold Coast as part of Victoria Country’s AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships squad.

Finley’s Eloise Ashley-Cooper will also take part in the tournament under the Eastern Allies banner, which encompasses products from NSW, ACT and Tasmania.

Matches will be played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week, and fans of the quartet can watch a live stream of each game on afl.com.au/womens as all eyes turn to the championships ahead of the next AFLW draft.