Mur­ray League’s big ham­mer­ing

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Mur­ray Foot­ball League’s se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive side trav­elled to Mil­dura for their VCFL Coun­try Cham­pi­onship game on Satur­day.

Un­for­tu­nately the home side proved too strong for the trav­el­ling Mur­ray League, com­ing away with a 100-point win.

The poor re­sult prompted Mur­ray League co-coach Adrian Daly to crit­i­cise the lack of sup­port for in­ter­league from some clubs.

Bat­tling to re­tain a spot in di­vi­sion one of the Vic­to­rian Coun­try Foot­ball League, Mur­ray could not keep up with the home side.

Final scores, Sunraysia 21.19 (145) de­feated Mur­ray 6.9 (45).

‘‘In­ter­league is about club rank­ing (in the VCFL) and clubs will pay the price for the lack of com­mit­ment,’’ Daly said.

Daly cited the fact that Sunraysia had a squad of 40 avail­able play­ers to pick from on Thurs­day night.

‘‘That’s nearly it in a nutshell,’’ he said.

‘‘Clubs can’t pick and choose when they want to be in­vested in the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘An ex­am­ple of that is Echuca United had seven of the 23-man team. Co­bram had none.

‘‘(Echuca United ruck­man) Damian Dalziel was pulled into the squad late. He’s 36 years old and he’s the one putting his hand up for the league.’’

Dalziel was ‘‘good in patches’’, ac­cord­ing to Daly, who was also pleased with the per­for­mance of ‘‘young de­fend­ers’’ Brad San­der­son and Nick Howe.

‘‘We were out­classed by a much bet­ter side on the day,’’ Daly said.

‘‘I’d like to praise ev­ery­one who was on the bus, from the pres­i­dent, to the ex­ec­u­tive, the sup­port staff and the 23 play­ers.

‘‘The or­gan­i­sa­tion was sen­sa­tional, the accommodation was fan­tas­tic . . . all we didn’t do was the most im­por­tant thing - per­form on the day as a team.’’

Echuca United’s Duane Hue­ston cap­tained the side for the third year in suc­ces­sion, while Mul­wala mid­fielder Sean Robin­son was the team’s best and only mul­ti­ple goal­kicker with two ma­jors.

Daly said Sunraysia’s Mark Alvey, Brad Ea­ton and James Flack ‘‘just ran ram­pant’’, whereas Mur­ray’s mid­field­ers ‘‘weren’t get­ting their hands on the ball’’.

Af­ter the dis­ap­point­ing re­sult, Daly said the next step would be to ex­am­ine the state of the league.

‘‘What we’ve got to try to do is learn from this.

‘‘We’ll wait un­til the dust set­tles and then sit down and talk with (pres­i­dent) John Hawkins and (gen­eral man­ager) Dale Nor­man.’’

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