Barooga product Daniel Johnston starred in a sensational turn for the Murray Bushrangers against the Western Jets in their TAC Cup clash on Saturday, booting six majors to seal the win.
The win elevated the Murray Bushrangers to second spot on the ladder after producing their best quarter for the season.
The Bushies ran out 62-point victors at the Wangaratta Showgrounds after kicking nine goals in a dominant third quarter.
After an even opening quarter, coach Leon Higgins implored his players to keep fighting and winning the hard ball in tight contests.
Johnston was sensational as a forward/ruck and was the main target as the Bushrangers attacked.
His strong performance earned him a best-on-ground nod.
The midfield trio of Harry Jones, Isaac Wallace and Angus Hicks continually drove the Murray team out of the midfield with dogged determination.
The final term again saw the Bushrangers extend their lead, kicking four goals from nine attempts to the Jets’ three.
The defence led by Ben Paton and Kyle Clarke were great in combination with experience in Alex Paech, while debutants Jack Shilg and Isaac McMillan showed plenty of promise and composure under pressure.
The Murray Bushrangers trek to Rams Arena at Craigieburn to take on the Calder Cannons next Saturday, with the Bushies looking for an easy contest over the Cannons, sitting in 12th place on the ladder and yet to score a win.