Side rallies for win
After a poor start, the Benalla All Blacks secured their 15th win of the season on Saturday.
Down by 11 points at the end of the first quarter, the Panthers rallied to turn the game around and run out 86-point victors over Greta.
Panthers head coach Harry Moran said last week’s disappointing defeat to Glenrowan was still in the minds of some of his players, leading to the slow start.
‘‘We started off slow, and to their credit (Greta) were really good for the first quarter,’’ Moran said.
‘‘We showed glimpses of what we could do, but couldn’t pull it together until the second quarter. Benalla All Blacks 1.2, 6.5, 12.7, 20.13 (133) Greta 3.1, 4.3, 6.4, 7.5 (47) Panthers best: Sam Newton, Chris Lockhart, Regan Sheehan, Nick Spencer, Max Gallagher, Chris O’Connor. Panthers goals: Jack Ellis 6, Mick Donehue, Joel Eastwood 4, Al Jacka 3, Max Gallagher 2, Nick Spencer.
‘‘It was good to see our boys get challenged like that.
‘‘We were in a bit of a slump after Glenrowan, so it took us a wee bit to get out of that mindset.’’
Glenrowan halted Tarrawingee’s hopes of an unbeaten season with an 83-58 win over the league leaders.
‘‘We will always fancy ourselves against (Tarrawingee),’’ Moran said.
‘‘Glenrowan are biggerbodied, whereas Tarra have six or seven monsters, but otherwise they fall away with their physicality.
‘‘This time around I hope we can give a better performance.
‘‘We got flogged by them last time, but our young guys will thrive in the finals atmosphere.’’
The final round of the normal season this weekend sees the Panthers travel to Whorouly to face the 10th-placed Lions.
‘‘This weekend is a chance to keep our game going and pick up a bit of form ahead of finals,’’ Moran said.
‘‘We’ll look to build on what we have done in the last couple of rounds and come away with a win.
‘‘Jack Doidge rolled his ankle on the weekend and we don’t know the severity of that yet.
‘‘Other than that we’re still waiting on Riley (Moran), but it looks like Alex Rofe will be okay to play this weekend.’’
Riley and Harry Moran and Al Jacka have been invited to attend the Ovens and King Football League vote count for this season’s best and fairest winner in Wangaratta this weekend. Goorambat 4.0, 7.3, 8.5, 9.7 (61) Bonnie Doon 1.3, 3.6, 6.10, 9.11 (65) Bats’ goals: Cam Symes 3, James Webb, Matt Ashton 2, Sam Gall, Brett Cuy. Bats’ best: Sam Gall, Travers Nolan, Clinton Relf, Sam Gladstone, Simon Briggs.
On the run: Scott Docherty loses his Greta opponent in the Panthers’ 86-point away win. Picture: Garry Jones