Murray Bushrangers pre-season training is well under way for the 2018 TAC Cup season, with 100 players trialling to make the final squad.
The players began their pre-season in early November and completed two group sessions every week up until the Christmas break.
The whole group trains together at Wangaratta on Sundays with satellite sessions at Wodonga and Rumbalara during the week.
The 2018 pre-season squad has been working hard through running sessions along with skill and weight sessions led by head coach Leon Higgins and assistant coaches Mark Brown, Mario De Santa Anna, Dale Carmody and Daniel Preston.
Preston also forms part of the high-performance staff in strength and conditioning under Cameron Bishop.
Finley footballers Jack Sexton and Kayden Sharp are squad members looking to make the Bushrangers’ final list.
Sexton and Sharp played 2017 at Yarrawonga Football Club and will continue at Yarrawonga in 2018.
Yarrawonga Pigeons coach Damian Sexton says he’s pleased the boys are testing themselves at both Ovens and Murray Football League and at TAC Cup level.
When Bushies’ pre-season recommences on January 14, both Jack and Kayden will be looking to continue to train well and perform in trial games to make the final squad for the 2018 season. They are in a group of 12 players in the squad from the Yarrawonga Mulwala area, which is a great result considering the Murray Bushrangers zone takes in large areas including Shepparton, Wangaratta, and Albury/Wodonga.
The Finley area also has four footballers training with the Murray Bushrangers TAC Youth Girls squad ahead of the 2018 TAC Cup season. The final squad will be named in late February.
Eloise Ashley-Cooper, Holly Robinson, Kayla Smith and Hayley Doohan are all part of the initial training squad and have been completing training sessions at Wangaratta and Kialla since early November.
Murray Bushrangers female talent coordinator Briana Cossar is excited about the squad.
‘‘It’s great that females now have the opportunity to play AFL and to play at an elite level,’’ Cossar said.
‘‘The pathway has already seen Ilish Ross become the first ever female Murray Bushranger drafted when Collingwood selected her with pick 13 in the AFLW National Draft.
‘‘With several other players training with VFLW teams, it’s a great time for female sport.’’
Both squads are on a break and will resume training on January 14.