Saint stunners

BIG PERFORMANCE: Co-coach Brad Murray drives the ball forward while Christian Burgess provides a shepherd. (Inset) Myrtleford players embrace after the final siren in their win over Lavington.

MYRTLEFORD have claimed their first win of the Ovens and Murray football season defeating premiership hopefuls Lavington in a boggy encounter at McNamara Reserve on Saturday.

After showing glimpses of their potential in their previous eight quarters the Saints finally put in a four quarter performance, overcoming the Panthers 11.5 (71) to 6.20 (56).

After a disappointing start against Wodonga Raiders last round Saints coach Leigh Corcoran said his team came better prepared for the challenge of last year’s preliminary finalists.

“In the week we highlighted the fact that when we played Raiders we let ourselves down with the way we approached the game, we didn’t turn up ready to play.

“So the challenge this week was for each individual player to find that something that motivates them and gets them focused for a game.

“Everyone did that and we were mentally ready to play, the intensity and energy and hunger for the footy was there and we were able to get the outcome we wanted.”

Co-coach Brad Murray was a clear best on for the Saints while Matt Dussin’s work in the centre and at the stoppages, in his first game for the season, was outstanding.

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