Bushies’ coaches keeping busy with Vic Country teams

By Lauren Bordin

Murray Bushrangers enter their second week off in a row but the coaches have remained busy.

In preparation of the busiest period of the year for the upper echelon of talent, under-18s coach Leon Higgins and under-16 coach Justin McMahon have upped the work load.

The duo are assistant coaches of the Victorian Country under-18s side for the AFL National Championship.

Vic Country will play its opening game of the championship when it travels to Sydney to take on the Allies next Sunday.

That match will be followed up by an away game against South Australia the following week, with Vic Metro and Western Australia to follow across the month.

Bushies youth girls coach Sam Ahmet will be in charge of the under-18s Vic Country youth girls side.

The youth girls will contest a week-long tournament in Queensland next month.

More than 20 Bushies players will take part in representative squads in the coming months across all age groups and in the boys and girls ranks.

With competition for spots in the under-18s Vic Country squad high, Laitham Vandermeer, Zane Barzen, Lachie Ash and Hudson Garoni recently staked their claim in a trial game for the Victorians against the Allies.