Bushrangers tackle tough June

IT has been a tough month of football for the Beechworth Football Netball Club with eight combined losses on the football field and netball court and with the departure of club president and treasurer away from the playing arenas.

Scott Amery cited personal reasons behind his resignation from the Bushrangers’ presidency while the former treasurer resigned over a month ago.

Injuries have cruelled the Bushrangers adding to the club’s woes on the field with assistant coach and key forward Kylin Morey out for four to six weeks having just had surgery on his knee.

Key forward Dylan Pritchard is another month away with facial fractures, Ben Amery’s season is over with a shoulder injury, Ryan Mee tore his medial ligament in his knee and is six weeks away, while Bryce Mummery and Gareth Pritchard are also out with foot and hamstring ailments.

Beechworth’s sole interleague representative in Tom Cartledge’s season is also over after rupturing his ACL and his medial in the representative match.

The Bushrangers lost to Wahgunyah by 79 points on the weekend with Kayde Surrey best on ground, the reserves lost by 150 points, the under 17s by 145 points and the under 14s won by 74 points.

“We are struggling to kick goals and we are turning the ball over too often,” Bushrangers coach Nic Barnes said.

“On a positive note we are finding a heap of the football and our tackling numbers are still strong, we just can’t kick the goals.”

Reserves coach Justin Knobel has been key for the senior side, Barnes said.

“Justin Knobel deserves a lot of credit, he puts in a heap of work each week trying to get players on to the field; we have played over 70 players this year already,” Barnes said.

“The injuries in the seniors have really taken a toll on the reserves and Justin has been awesome in his ability to find players, it is a hard job – sometimes the blokes turn up and sometimes they don’t.

“The pressure the reserves have been under for numbers has been extraordinary, nearly everyone we have out comes back at around the same time so hopefully everything turns out alright in the end.”

A committee meeting was held last night to determine the direction of the club for the remainder of the season.

Phil Surrey is the interim club president.



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