Clean sweep

Benalla Ensign - - Local Classies -

Goul­burn Val­ley Net­ball League pulled off an­other clean sweep on Satur­day with vic­to­ries in the open and un­der-17 games.

In the open game Goul­burn Val­ley came from be­hind to stage a dra­matic up­set vic­tory against Bal­larat Net­ball League.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a late call-up to the squad on Fri­day, Be­nalla goaler Grace Thomas was ex­cep­tional, as was Be­nalla de­fender Grace Hide.

Down by 10 goals at three-quar­ter-time, the home side lev­elled the scores at 39-all at full­time.

In two five-minute terms of over­time Goul­burn Val­ley con­tin­ued its fierce at­tack to claim a two-goal vic­tory.

The un­der-17 squad, coached by Be­nalla’s Robyn Smith, also en­joyed vic­tory against Bal­larat Net­ball League.

The team led 15-3 at quar­ter-time and never re­lented in cruis­ing to a 25-goal vic­tory.

Fif­teen-year-old Olivia Os­borne was part of the vic­to­ri­ous team, per­form­ing well at wing de­fence and cen­tre.

Os­borne plays A-grade with Be­nalla Saints af­ter mak­ing her de­but last year with Be­nalla Saints’ un­der 17s.

Smith tried dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions to al­low the ma­jor­ity of the squad plenty of court time.

‘‘The team led by 12 at quar­ter-time with some dy­namic play, par­tic­u­larly strong de­fen­sive work mak­ing it re­ally dif­fi­cult for the Bal­larat rep­re­sen­ta­tive team to score,’’ Smith said.

‘‘The GV team has trained twice in the leadup to the interleague game on Satur­day and the prac­tice match against the A-grade Shep­par­ton United team as­sisted enor­mously with the prepa­ra­tion.’’

Strong per­for­mance: Be­nalla’s Robyn Smith coached the un­der-17 side to vic­tory, in­clud­ing Be­nalla Saints player Olivia Os­borne (left).

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