Myrtlerford president says coaches make difference

Myrtleford co-coach Brad Murray
Myrtleford co-coach Brad Murray

MYRTLEFORD president Bill O’Donohue believes the Saints could have tumbled back down the Ovens and Murray ladder if it wasn’t for the coaching of Brad Murray and Leigh Corcoran.

O’Donohue said Murray and Corcoran, who signed on for a third season at the helm earlier this week, had been outstanding in keeping the Saints’ competitive since taking over from Stan Magro.

They finished eighth with five wins last season and are one of three teams aiming to finish as high as sixth place this year.

“We’re rapt to have them going around again,” O’Donohue said.

“Brad and Leigh have been fantastic.

“They have everyone behind them at the footy club.

“Kristan Height takes 15 players for training in Melbourne during the week and does a great job and they all want to come back to Myrtleford on weekends to play and I think that’s a reflection on Brad Murray and Leigh Corcoran.

“I would hate to think where we would be without them.”

O’Donohue said Myrtleford was working on shoring up this year’s list and topping up “with a couple of A and B graders” in a bid to challenge for finals action next season.

It is believed Corcoran is considering retiring at the end of the season to coach from the box.

Murray is confident the Saints are heading in the right direction despite several frustrating losses early in the season.

“Obviously we’d love to be winning more regularly but the club is happy with how we are going as coaches,” Murray said.

“We just need to keep improving, which I think we can do.

“It’s really a good club to be around at the moment.”

Murray said he was unfazed by the gap between the top three and the chasing pack this season.

“Obviously everyone is finding it really hard to compete with Albury, Yarrawonga and Lavington right now but hopefully we can,” he said.

“We’ve just got to keep working hard, keep our group together and add some key players here and there.”

Meanwhile, stalwart Scott Burgess will step up from chairman of selectors to football manager next season.