Saints on the right track
A convincing win on the weekend has seen the Benalla Saints take another step towards the finals.
The 49-36 win over the Rochester Tigers saw the Saints rise to fourth with two games remaining.
The home side led from start to finish, only slowing in the third quarter, to go away with a 13-goal win.
Saints head coach Dylan Nexhip said the win was set up by the side’s strong defence.
‘‘The girls dropped off in the second half but the ninegoal lead after the first quarter held steady,’’ he said.
‘‘Tylah Marchbank and Bridget Hill kept the Saints on top, turning over ball after ball, keeping the Tigers to 15 goals at half-time, whilst Grace Thomas’ height proved an advantage in the goal circle.’’
The Saints’ best players for the day were skipper Marchbank, Thomas and goal keeper Bridget Hill.
In the B-grade match, Benalla defeated the Tigers by a convincing 31 goals.
The 67-36 scoreline came about after strong performances from key players Grace Warnock, Kelsey Pallpratt and Abbey Nexhip.
It was a hard-fought win against a physical Tigers outfit. The side started slowly, finishing level with Rochester at the end of the first quarter.
After that, the side banded together and lifted its intensity, piling on 55 goals in the last three quarters.
In the B-reserve match, the Saints could not match the results of the A and B-grades, falling to the Tigers by 30 goals.
The 17-47 result was not down to a lack of effort from Benalla’s best Elise Amarant, Georgia Thomson and Abby Steegstra.
In the first half the side played well against an older, more experienced side and was four goals down at half-time.
Rochester was too strong in the end and came away from the showgrounds with the result in the bag.
In the under-17s match, Benalla secured a 58-45 win over the Tigers.
The best players for the Saints were Georgia Pryor, Shae Skelton and Kiera Murphy.
A fading Rochester side, especially in the third quarter, enabled the girls to take away the 13-goal win.
Hard at it: Bridget Hill reaches to defend her Rochester opponent in the A-grade side’s 13-point win on Saturday.