Strong show­ing

Benalla Ensign - - Local Classies -

Ovens and King foot­ballers and net­ballers were one match short of achiev­ing a clean sweep of vic­to­ries on Satur­day when they took on Far­rer at WJ Find­ley Oval.

Ovens and King Foot­ball League recorded a 30-point win, how­ever the un­der-18s were mauled by 86 points.

Gooram­bat foot­baller Ben Re­aburn was named in the open squad, be­fore Be­nalla All Blacks star player Cody Tay­lor joined him on Satur­day morn­ing.

Tay­lor had been named as an emer­gency, and got the call-up when Glen­rowan star Karl Nor­man was a late with­drawal due to in­jury.

Af­ter find­ing out at 9.30 am he was play­ing, Tay­lor had to be at the ground and game-ready by 11.30 am.

‘‘For the prepa­ra­tion I had I reckon I did pretty well,’’ he said.

‘‘A good player al­ways tries to find his head be­fore a match so that’s what I tried to do, and that worked out for me.’’

Tay­lor said he and Re­aburn both had good games, ro­tat­ing through the wing and even play­ing on the wing to­gether at times.

‘‘It’s a good op­por­tu­nity to play with the best foot­ballers in the league and show yourself what you’ve got and show ev­ery­one else what you’ve got,’’ Tay­lor said.

‘‘You learn a lot of things that you can take back and tell the boys.’’

Be­nalla Pan­thers’ Dy­lan Ex­tonCash was selected to play in the un­der-18 side, which was com­pletely out­played by Far­rer.

The Ovens and King ju­nior side went down by 86 points at WJ Find­lay Oval, af­ter be­ing held goal-less for nearly three quar­ters.

Ovens and King had a suc­cess­ful day out in the net­ball on Satur­day, with a 29-goal vic­tory in open and an eight-goal vic­tory in the un­der-17s.

Gooram­bat net­ballers Amelia Sk­il­beck and Kylie But­ton were joined in the open side by Be­nalla All Blacks’ Jo Toms and Michelle But­ton, while All Blacks young­ster Tai­tum Mai­wald played in the un­der-17 side.

Toms said the side played a great game of net­ball and was able to ex­per­i­ment with com­bi­na­tions on court.

‘‘We all jelled re­ally well on the day and it was a strong per­for­mance,’’ she said.

‘‘It was good fun and a good win for the league. It’s nice to be in a re­ally strong squad.’’

Toms said the un­der-17 side also per­formed well in a much closer match.

‘‘It started off close but af­ter half-time they got a good lead and made some changes,’’ she said.

‘‘They made more changes in the fi­nal term and were able to ex­tend their lead.’’

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