Pan­thers sock it to Moyhu

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

The All Blacks pulled up their socks and got on with things on Satur­day.

The club was al­most un­recog­nis­able, turn­ing its home ground into a sea of blue as the foot­ball and net­ball play­ers donned bright blue socks in sup­port of the Sock­it2MND fundraiser round, one week af­ter the AFL hosted the Big Freeze for MND at the MCG.

The Pan­thers not only walked away win­ners on the field but also raised $1500 for the cause.

Se­nior coach Harry Mo­ran said the club was very happy to be able to sup­port the ini­tia­tive.

‘‘It was a fan­tas­tic turnout and ev­ery­one that came along chose to sup­port the MND day,’’ Mo­ran said.

The knee-high socks couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time, with weather con­di­tions freez­ing at the week­end.

A good start by the Pan­thers saw them run the game away from Moyhu con­vinc­ingly, 27.12 (174) to 5.3 (33).

Trent Chap­man couldn’t be stopped by Moyhu’s de­fence, and sent through a whop­ping 11 goals for the day.

The re­turn of Sam New­ton and Kyle Col­lis­son from in­jury also aided the Pan­thers in their victory.

More in­jured play­ers from ear­lier rounds are set to make an ap­pear­ance in the side in the com­ing weeks.

‘‘It’ll be good to get blokes back over the next few weeks to play out the last half of the sea­son,’’ Mo­ran said.

The All Blacks are still stuck to the top of the Ovens and King se­nior lad­der, tied on points with sec­ond-placed Tar­rawingee.

Their next task will be against an in-form King Val­ley side, which has only dropped two games this sea­son.

King Val­ley is com­ing off the back of a loss to Mi­lawa and will be look­ing to rec­tify things against the Pan­thers this week­end.

‘‘That’ll be a mas­sive test for us and we’re look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge,’’ Mo­ran said.

The game will be played at Whit­field Re­cre­ation Re­serve on Satur­day, kick­ing off at 2.15 pm.

Re­serves

The in­spir­ing Pan­thers re­serves took Moyhu to task at the Friendlies on Satur­day, show­ing lit­tle mercy for their op­po­si­tion and great des­per­a­tion for the ball across the field.

With Scott Ni­chol­son giv­ing first use of the ball to the likes of Jack­son Houri­gan, Jeremy Mans­field and Ryan Pen­treath plus a host of other solid con­trib­u­tors across to pad­dock, it al­lowed the team to ap­ply con­stant pres­sure on their op­po­si­tion.

The All Blacks ran out com­fort­able win­ners by 81 points.

Scores: Be­nalla All Blacks 16-16-112 de­feated Moyhu 4-7-3.

Best: S. Ni­chol­son, Jeremy Mans­field, B. Good­win, S. Pen­treath, J Houri­gan, R. Pen­treath.

Pic­tures: Garry Jones

Blue socks brigade: The All Blacks’ se­nior team was play­ing its part for the MND fundraiser round by pulling up the blue socks on Satur­day.

On the run: Pan­thers re­serves player Bren­don Smith was too fast for his op­po­nents from Moyhu.

First to it: The Pan­thers’ Joel East­wood in ac­tion against Moyhu at the week­end.

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