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Skipper returns to lead Murray Bombers crew

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June 17, 2017

Having a big season: The form of Jordan Florance has helped lift Echuca from the Goulburn Valley Football League cellar this season.

CAPTAIN Jordan Florance will return to the fold for tomorrow’s Murray Bomber clash against Seymour in the Goulburn Valley League.

Echuca Football Club has three first game encounters remaining and coach Andrew Briggs said Seymour will be one of its toughest this season.

And the all-conquering Kyabram Bombers are still looming over its head in three rounds time.

It’s made Florance’s inclusion one of utmost importance — especially with Darby Henderson, Mitchell Kemp and Jobee Warde out of contention with TAC Cup commitments.

‘‘We’ve had to make a few changes this week,’’ Briggs said.

‘‘Florance is available which is a big bonus and William Murnane has also come in for selection.

‘‘Seymour is right up there with the top three or four sides and has one of the best midfields in the league.

‘‘They’re strong all over the ground so it’s going to be difficult.’’

It made selections crucial this week and there were a few guys playing good footy in reserves who Briggs would be looking at bringing into the side.

Similarly the Lion’s had several young players in their side who the Murray Bombers would look to exploit.

‘‘Everyone in the team will be looking to play their role,’’ Briggs said.

‘‘A good, even contribution will probably win us the game.

‘‘But Seymour has plenty of AFL and VFL experienced guys out there; Jason Cole, Ben Clifton and Brett Meredith are some guys who can play really well.

‘‘The backline has been very good at stopping the opposition scoring and with Saad Saad in the forward line playing good footy he’s going to present another challenge.

Saad has kicked 34 this season to be equal second in the goal scoring.

Ruory Kirkby was just one behind and will be looking to have a big impact in the game to get the Murray Bombers across the line.

Minor lapses in concentration at the weekend allowed Tatura to continually work its way back into each quarter, but overall Briggs said their four quarter consistency had improved.

‘‘It’s important everyone plays their part defensively for four quarters and that starts in the forward line,’’ he said.

‘‘If we can do that we’ll go a long way.

‘‘Our focus is on playing a brand of footy worthy of winning games and until we play everyone we won’t be looking too much at ladder position, instead we’ll be judging each team on its merits.’’

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