Treacy praises side’s response to challenge

Interleague coach Luke Treacy (centre) and co-captains Matthew Smith and Jayden Fowkes led the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League to an interleague win over the Warrnambool District Football Netball League at the weekend.

The senior football representative side has saved the interleague weekend for the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League, recording the league’s only win during its venture to Warrnambool on Saturday.

As all the MCDFNL’s netball sides and the under 17 football suffered defeats on a cold day at Reid Oval, the senior footballers fought off a gallant Warrnambool District Football Netball League side to post a 14.10 (94) to 9.14 (66) win.

The victory, the MCDFNL’s second interleague win in a row after defeating Horsham District FNL in 2016, propels the league up the AFL Victoria Country Championship rankings to 26th position on the 32-team table.

It is now one place behind the neighbouring Central Highlands Football Netball League and two rungs below the 23rd-placed North Central Football League.

“I’m very pleased with that win,” MCDFNL interleague coach Luke Treacy said after the game.

“It was a gutsy effort because we were on top in the first half and then challenged and outplayed in the third quarter. It takes a lot of courage to fight back and grab a win when you surrender a lead.”

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