Murray League’s big hammering
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.’’