Wins en­cour­ag­ing for young teams

Benalla Ensign - - Local Classies -

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

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