SHAKE AND STIR: Akermanis, Murray in war of words

North Albury coach Jason Akermanis and his Myrtleford counterpart Brad Murray exchange words after the Alpine Saints’ thrilling one-point win. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

North Albury coach Jason Akermanis and his Myrtleford counterpart Brad Murray exchange words after the Alpine Saints’ thrilling one-point win. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

MYRTLEFORD has accused Jason Akermanis of ­showing it no respect after ­Saturday’s one-point thriller at Bunton Park, sparking a savage response from the Brownlow medallist.

Myrtleford co-coach Brad ­Murray yesterday told The Border Mail the Alpine Saints were disappointed with Akermanis for showing poor sportsmanship after the game.

He said the AFL champion ­refused to shake hands with Myrtleford players after the visitors won by the narrowest of margins, a claim Akermanis vehemently denied.

Murray, who has just re-signed as co-coach with Leigh Corcoran for next year, said it had taken some of the gloss off his club’s second win for the year.

“There were a lot of people ­disappointed about it,” he said.

“I don’t think he showed us much respect.

“The league as a whole has worked really hard to develop that culture of playing hard on the field but shaking hands and having a beer after.

“Obviously he would have been pretty filthy with the loss, but I don’t think he really ­acknowledged us as a club.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys in our side who probably respected him a lot but lost a bit of that on Saturday.”

Akermanis was stunned by the allegations.

“It’s complete rubbish,” the 2001 Brownlow medallist said.

“We did nothing wrong and were very sportsmanlike, ­considering the situation.

“We were there to win a game of footy.

“They can have a cry if they like, but they are making a mountain out of a molehill.

“As a club, we’ve already moved on from that game but they are still carrying on.”

North Albury youngster Rory Feltwell had the chance to sink the Alpine Saints with a shot after the siren from outside 50 but fell just short.

The Hoppers led most of the day and held an 11-point lead at three quarter-time before being overrun in the dying stages.

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