MOAMA’S Noah Wheeler was best on ground for the Bendigo Pioneers during their round two loss against the Murray Bushrangers.
The Pioneers’ follower and vice captain played an exceptional hand, despite the disappointing 57-point loss at Deakin Reserve on Good Friday.
Echuca’s Brodie Kemp also played for the Pioneers on game day, slotting in at half back and doing a fine job.
The 99-42 result means the Pioneers slip down the TAC Cup ladder to ninth, with a win and a loss after two rounds.
The Bushies however rise to sixth, on the same points as the Pioneers, but hold a better points percentage.
Next up for the Bendigo-based side is a visit from the fifth-placed Gippsland Power at Queen Elizabeth Oval on Saturday.
Meanwhile in the Bendigo Pioneers women’s team, two locals have been named in the squad to play high flying Eastern Ranges on Tuesday.
In the backline, Lockington local Sharmaine Reilly has been named, alongside halfback Taylah Stewart of Echuca.
The fourth round of the TAC Cup Girls will be played at Epsom Huntly Reserve, as the Pioneers hunt just their second win of the 2018 season.
It won’t be easy either as Eastern Ranges sit second on the ladder, compared to the Pioneers’ ninth.