In front of a huge interleague crowd on Saturday, the Murray Football League went down fighting to the South East Football League in the Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championship played at Mulwala.
The outer metro league showed plenty of polish in front of goal, as well as dominating the clearances in the second half, to take the win.
After a positive start the Murray FL led at quarter time by seven points thanks to Moama gun forward Tyler Jones. Not only was his lead up work superb, but when the ball hit the ground his tackling was first rate.
In the second quarter the Murray FL were guilty of giving the SEFNL players too much space on the outside allowing them to rebound to easily off half back putting added pressure on the Murray FL backline.
The game started to open up with SEFNL kicking five goals to three to turn a deficit into a 5 point lead.
The third quarter was a real arm wrestle but taking the advantage of some contentious decisions and dominating the ruck the SEFNL again outscored the Murray FL.
Moama’s Rhys Archard was brilliant keeping the Murray FL in the game sweeping across half back. The O’Dwyer medalist had support from Rumbalara’s Levi Power but the Murray FL could not convert when entering 50.
With just 10 points in it at the last change the first goal was going to be extremely important.
SENFL, again feeding out the back, found the opening goal three minutes in.
Murray FL in return missed some straight forward chances in front of goal with the SENFL again going coast to coast to goal breaking the backs of the Murray FL.
The final score did not reflect the epic battle, as in junk time, with the game over, some easy goals were piled on by the SEFNL with the final margin blowing out to 27 points.
Scores: South East FNL 17.9-111 def Murray FL 12.12-84
Goals: Tyler Jones 4, Ashley Quinn 2, Brodie Ross 1, Jordan Souter 1, Brody Lumber 1, Bowen Smith 1, Damian Williams 1, Rhys Archard 1.
Best players: Bowen Smith (Best on Ground medal), Rhys Archard, Tyler Jones, Levi Power, Tim Garlick, Jordan Souter.
A four goal to nothing second quarter proved the difference in an intensely fought battle in the Under 18s interleague match.
Matt MacDonald from Deniliquin was judged best afield with 16 year-olds Cooper Barber and Jack McHale also very influential for the Murray FL
Scores: South East FNL 12.8-80 def Murray FL 8.6-54
The Murray NL collected their only bit of silverware for the day when the Open netball team defeated SENL 37 to 36.
Finley star Chelsea McDonald was judged best on court.
Despite a stirring fight back the 17 & Under, the Murray NL went down 32 to 30.
The Finley girls again dominated with Eloise Ashley-Cooper best on court
A big congratulations to the Mulwala Football Netball Club who went above and beyond as hosts of the interleague day.
The committee and volunteers were fantastic ensuring everything ran smoothly and without these wonderful people giving up their time the day would not have been such a success.