Bushrangers’ grand stage

ALL SET: (From left) Team Manager Rob Sinclair, coach Bill McLaughlin and assistant coach Dale Walker (far right) with the under 14 Beechworth Bushrangers ahead of the grand final this Saturday. PHOTO: Jamie Pronk

GRAND final week is here – and all in the Beechworth community are behind the Bushrangers’ under 14 Australian football side which goes head-to-head with Thurgoona this weekend at Sandy Creek oval.

Anything is possible.

Saturday’s match has been two weeks in the making, with the Bushrangers defeating Barnawartha two weeks ago to progress to grand final.

Thurgoona defeated Barnawartha by two points in a thriller 6.1 to 6.3 with the Bulldogs keeping the Tigers goalless in the fourth quarter.

Beechworth finished the season as minor premiers, undefeated and won their first final to progress to Saturday’s match, while Thurgoona finished third with a 13-5 win-loss record and have played three extra matches than Beechworth in the past month.

The Bushrangers will take confidence into this game having defeated Thurgoona in both of their clashes this season.

Beechworth won the first match in round six by five points, and the second encounter by 24 points in round 12.

The Bushrangers will also have the advantage up forward with their top three goal kickers Liam Stephens (47 goals), Liam McLaughlin (37 goals) and Angus Pronk (34 goals) easily outscoring Thurgoona’s Elijah Farrah (27), Will Pargeter (19) and Riley Holland (18).

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