Wins encouraging for young teams
Benalla and Mansfield’s combined interleague teams performed strongly at the 2014 Wangaratta Junior Football Carnival on Sunday.
The two associations have continued to enter combined teams in the carnival after joining the Wangaratta and District Junior Football League this season.
Benalla-Mansfield entered a team in both the under-14 and under-16 divisions.
The under-16 team was coached by Tim Symes and Dion Sheehan and began on a winning note, defeating Wangaratta.
Benalla-Mansfield got away to a quick start with a crumbing goal by Wade King. Patrick Marks was providing great drive from the back-line and Al Benett was good around the packs.
Blake Uebergang came on at half-time and provided immediate impact in the ruck and around the ground.
Benalla-Mansfield held Wangaratta scoreless after half-time and chalked up a comfortable four-goal victory.
Best players were Pat Marks, Blake Uebergang, Sam Newton and Wade King.
In game two, Benalla-Mansfield came up against a strong Seymour and District Junior Football League team.
Wade King was a live-wire in the forward line and kicked two crumbing goals in the first half.
Blake Uebergang continued his good form in the ruck and around the ground. Will Foster and Marcus O’Brien kicked running goals in the second half, but Seymour’s run and strong marking in attack was too much for BenallaMansfield.
Best players were Blake Uebergang, Wade King, Will Foster and Sam Newton.
In its final game and against Tallangatta and District Football League, Benalla-Mansfield came out hard, but without a dominant big forward relied on its smaller players to kick goals.
Jack Spinks and Wade King kicked good running goals, while Will Foster marked in the goal square and kicked truly to have the scores level at half-time.
Cooper McCoy was providing fantastic pressure off the halfback line with strong tackles and repeat efforts, and Will Foster and Nathan Hill were giving plenty of drive off the wings but lacked a target in attack.
Tallangatta kicked four unanswered goals in the second half to run out an easy winner.
Best players were Cooper McCoy, Wade King, Will Foster and Nathan Hill.
In the under-14s, BenallaMansfield handled the slippery conditions well, winning plenty of the ball against its Albury opponents.
Patrick Warner moved the ball well off half-back, but failed to capitalise on possession when in attack.
Ben Christopher and Warwick Crawford controlled the ball through the centre of the ground.
However, Albury played well as a team, with a strong running game and clean forward entries.
Albury won by 12 points, kicking away in the last five minutes.
Best players: Warwick Crawford, Patrick Warner and Ben Christopher.
In game two against Wangaratta, Benalla-Mansfield started well with Corey Westbury controlling the centre and moving the ball into the forward line with ease.
Ryan Ataryniw moved to centre half-back with immediate results. Mark Marriott rucked well throughout the game, giving Benalla-Mansfield first use of the ball.
Benalla-Mansfield won by eight points.
Best players Westbury, Ryan Mark Marriott.
In the final game BenallaMansfield played Wangaratta White and once again had plenty of early possessions.
Campbell McCoy moved the ball well with a number of runs down the wing while Riley Johnson moved onto the ball well.
Patrick Warner finished where he started the day, controlling the half-back line and setting up a number of attacks forward. Benalla lost by eight points. Best players were Campbell McCoy, Riley Johnson and Patrick Warner. were Corey Ataryniw and