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Benalla Ensign - - Local Classies - By Monique Freer

Goul­burn Val­ley Foot­ball League is in con­tention for the num­ber one rank­ing in coun­try Vic­to­ria again af­ter de­feat­ing Bal­larat by 65 points in the interleague com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

The 23-man squad in­cluded five Be­nalla Saints play­ers, while re­serves coach Sam Lit­tle was selected as the side’s as­sis­tant coach.

Play­ing coach Luke Mor­gan was among those in­cluded, and said the se­lec­tion was to the ben­e­fit of his young side.

‘‘In­di­vid­u­ally, to be able to play in the best 23 play­ers in the league is al­ways an hon­our,’’ Mor­gan said.

‘‘For the club to have five in se­niors and two in the thirds was a re­ally good show­ing and the club should be re­ally proud of how many they got in the side.

‘‘It helps play­ers chal­lenge them­selves against bet­ter op­po­si­tion play­ing with other play­ers that are top in the league, it also helps them pre­pare and learn and look at what other people do.’’

Bal­larat stayed in touch in the first half at Deakin Re­serve, but Goul­burn Val­ley piled on 15 goals to Bal­larat’s six in the sec­ond half to put its stamp on the game and claim the win.

Next year Goul­burn Val­ley will meet the top coun­try Vic­to­rian side, Gee­long, which it lost to last year.

Goul­burn Val­ley led by three points at quar­ter-time but in the sec­ond quar­ter Be­nalla’s Will Mar­tiniello and Luke Mor­gan led the way through the mid­field to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for the for­ward line.

Their work rate saw the home side stretch the lead to 30 points — in­clud­ing a ma­jor to Be­nalla’s Nick Warnock — be­fore Bal­larat slashed the lead shortly be­fore the ma­jor break.

Mar­tiniello was re­warded for his hard work and drive with the interleague medal.

‘‘He’s prob­a­bly been the best player on the ground in all six of our games,’’ Mor­gan said.

‘‘He’s a lit­tle star and I just hope he sticks around for a lot longer.’’

Be­nalla’s young ruck­man Josh March­bank also per­formed well in the interleague side, as well as de­fender Lachie Smith. Warnock fin­ished with three goals.

In the un­der-18 side’s 33-point vic­tory Be­nalla play­ers Tom O’Brien and Zach Pall­pratt rep­re­sented the club well.

Con­di­tions were tough in the misty morn­ing at Deakin Re­serve, with both sides strug­gling to find their feet in the greasy con­di­tions.

How­ever, a seven-goal fi­nal term spurred the home side to vic­tory af­ter a tough bat­tle for three quar­ters.

Mor­gan said all Be­nalla play­ers got through the game un­scathed, which put the side in good stead for its home match against reign­ing pre­mier Kyabram this week.

‘‘It’s been built up for a lit­tle while, Kyabram are go­ing to be a good team again this year,’’ he said.

More interleague re­sults, page 35.

●Saints star: Be­nalla Saints mid­fielder

Will Mar­tiniello won the interleague medal for his

per­for­mance against Bal­larat Foot­ball League on

Satur­day. Pic­ture: Ray Sizer

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