Murray Netball League’s interleague squad could not recover from a slow start on Saturday.
Gippsland got the jump on the Murray outfit, which included Finley’s Chelsea McDonald, early in their clash at Moe and never let the visitors back into the contest, running away with a 65 to 31 win.
‘‘We came up against a strong opponent who were pretty slick across the court,’’ Murray coach Dylan Nexhip said.
‘‘They got the jump on us in the first quarter, but to our girls’ credit they didn’t give up and worked for the full 60 minutes.’’
Caddison Mulholland and Klarindah Hudson stood out as Murray’s best players on the day, with the former working hard through the midcourt and the latter controlling her side’s defensive end.
With the MNL squad set to remain together for the association championships, Nexhip said there were still plenty of silver linings to Saturday’s match, despite the result.
‘‘We were patchy, but we definitely had some good passages of play,’’ he said.
‘‘Our combinations also got the chance to work together, so they’ll be some of the positives we’ll take out of it.’’
Barring injury or unavailability, Chelsea McDonald, Tamara Skinner, Abby Pettifer, Steph Hammond, Amelia Seignior, Emma Dunn, Bridget Hill and Jess Bamblett will join Mulholland and Hudson for Murray’s association championships campaign next month.