Tough day away for Murray

By Cobram Courier

A long trek to Moe did not bear much fruit for the Murray Football League on Saturday.

The senior interleague clash against Gippsland was decidedly one-sided, with the home side controlling proceedings for most of the contest at Ted Summerton Reserve.

The visitors held on as best they could during the first half — trailing by just 20 points at the main break — but the elastic broke in the third term, with Gippsland running through eight goals to one.

Murray assistant coach Josh Noonan felt the opposition outfit was simply too strong on the day for his charges to handle.

‘‘We probably just ran into a pretty good-quality outfit,’’ Noonan said.

‘‘Gippsland were really well drilled and executed well all day.

‘‘They were pretty consistent across the board, really, and we just lacked a bit of that time to jell.’’

Murray had its chances to snare some ascendancy at stages of the first half, but was punished quickly on the rebound when things went wrong.

‘‘In the second quarter we had a couple of chances to gain momentum, but didn’t continue on with it,’’ Noonan said.

‘‘When we had some poor disposals through the middle of the ground they really made us pay.’’

Alex Hicks was named Murray’s best player and alongside fellow defender John Anstee stood tall under immense pressure down back.

‘‘Alex was pretty solid. The ball was in our back half for the majority of the day,’’ Noonan said.

‘‘Between Alex and John they fought hard all day. Even though they were under siege, they probably won the majority of their 50-50 contests.’’

Bodhi Butts, Josh Chapman, Tyron Baden and Nic Denahy were also named in Murray’s best players, while Angus Grigg made the most of limited opportunities to snare three majors.

On a personal level, Noonan was pleased to be able to work with some of the greats of the league.

‘‘The experience for me was awesome,’’ he said.

‘‘To work with guys like (coach) Jason (Limbrick) and (fellow assistant) James (Hazelman), as well as the players, was really good.

‘‘It’s good to work with different people and see different perspectives on things.’’