Defeat tough to take

HIGH FLYER: Wangaratta’s Josh Porter is beaten in this contest. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

IT may be considered the best competition in country Victoria but the Ovens and Murray is still at least three years away from the number one ranking after another interleague loss.

Despite being neck and neck with Mornington at quarter time at Visy Park on Saturday, the O&M could muster just seven goals for the entire match.

In fact, the O&M kicked just four goals after quarter time while Mornington banged on 12 in the same period to run out winners 15.10 (100) to 7.13 (55).

Wangaratta Rovers skipper Tyson Hartwig was named in the Ovens and Murray’s best players while Brad Murray and Jarrod Thompson also stood tall.

Wangaratta youngster Josh Porter was solid across half forward, Judd Porter was in the thick of the action for most of the day while Jamie Sheahan worked hard through the middle.

The O&M are now ranked fifth after Saturday’s loss and will meet Hampden again next season.

“It was a disappointing result,” Hartwig said.

“The league has aims to be back in the top game and unfortunately we didn’t do near enough to get the job done.

“To be honest, we were completely outplayed.

“They were very clinical and we were the opposite.”

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