It was a tough day on the park for the Farrer League over the weekend, but there was a bright spot for the representative team and it came from Coly.
The Blues’ Simon Mackie was strong in defence for a side that went down by 36 points to Black Diamond.
For his efforts he was awarded Farrer’s best player medal.
Farrer League coach Jason McPherson insists loss to Black Diamond was simply a bad day at the office as opposed to a reflection on the competition.
Farrer League were lucky to escape with a 36-point loss as they were outplayed for most parts of the night, going down 15.21 (111) to 11.9 (75).
McPherson denied player availability was a problem in the Farrer League and put the loss down to a one-off performance.
“I don’t know if it’s anything about the league, I think it’s about a game and some days you have good days and bad days,” McPherson said.
“Our on-ballers are good footballers, I just think we were off (on Saturday night).
“That might be an easy cop out but we put it down as a bad night, a bad day at work.
“I’m sure if we had another go, we would be better for it.”
McPherson did not hide his disappointment in the Farrer League midfield.
“We got beaten out of the guts, our on-ballers, our A-graders just didn’t stand up I thought,” he said.
“We got belted around the centre clearances and we didn’t use the ball well enough when we did have it.
“There are good excuses but when you get beaten 39 scoring shots to 20, you’re getting beat somewhere.”
McPherson also queried whether his team had enough ‘mongrel’ in there.
Simon Mackie was strong in defence and was awarded Farrer’s best player medal.
Marc Geppert was a strong target and did well to boot three goals, while Stephen Conlan and Mitch Haddrill tried hard all night.