Side ral­lies for win

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

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

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