MOST people don’t know how much planning and work gets done to get the Murray Bushrangers on the park each week. Wangaratta Chronicle journalist Jeremy Wilson took an in-depth look into what makes the TAC Cup side tick.
While the Bushrangers didn’t play on the long weekend, preparation immediately turns to the upcoming game with the Sandringham Dragons at the Norm Minns Oval.
Talent manager Andrew Carson begins planning by organising venue arrangements, travel arrangements for training and game day as well as getting feedback from the squad’s Melbourne-based private school players on how their games went and how they pulled up.
Monday is all about game reviews for head coach Darren Ogier.
First thing on Tuesday, Andrew, Darren and Matthew all meet up to review the previous week, plan coming week and weeks, review player loads, injuries and begin a rough team selection.
Today is by far the busiest day of the week other than the match itself.
All three of Darren, Matthew and Andrew are involved in training preparation as well as team selection while Andrew prepares documents to send out to all clubs and media.
With training finishing late on Wednesday, Andrew and Matthew do a final follow-up, packing up equipment and recording any injuries that players suffered the previous night.
Being the final day of the working week, both Andrew and Matthew spend most of their day organising things for game day.
The day usually set aside for playing but the Bushrangers have a rare day off with this round being played on a Sunday.
Following the meeting, players get taped, changed and head out for a warm-up at 12:30pm.
Once back in the rooms, players and coaches finalise preparations before heading back out on the ground at 12:52pm.
Up in the box, Darren and Brad are miked up to talk to bench coach Adam Mudra while assistant coaches Peter McIntyre and Laurie Hammond, team manager Greg Laidlaw and talent manager Andrew are also in the box.
The mood in the box is good as the Bushrangers dominate the first half before hanging on to win by 15 points.