MYRTLEFORD co-coach Brad Murray has turned up the heat on his club’s youngsters, demanding they stand up on Anzac Day.
The Saints’ finals aspirations are as good as on the line against Wangaratta tomorrow.
Murray, who has been a clear standout for Myrtleford in the first two rounds, hinted at his club having too many passengers.
“Our intensity needs to lift across the board,” Murray said.
“Too much is being left to too few at the moment.
“The young boys need to stand up.
“We need them to tow the line.”
Myrtleford, which look- ed primed to make its strongest charge at the finals since making the grand final in 2006, has lost its opening two games.
The Saints dropped their season opener to Wodonga Raiders before being held goalless in three quarters of a 103-point belting from Lavington on Easter Sunday.
Murray conceded it was far from the start he and Leigh Corcoran were after.
“I wouldn’t say our season is on the line, but we’ve put a lot of emphasis on this game, don’t you worry about that,” Murray said.
“It’s pretty important if we want to get our season going.”
Murray, who won the league’s Morris Medal in 2005, said he expected his troops to lift on Anzac Day.
“We’ve spoken about the meaning of the day and they’re the closest thing we’ve got to a rival, I guess,” Murray said.
“We’re really looking forward to the day.
“Both clubs got a touch up on the weekend and will be keen to get that first win on the board.”