Testing encounter for Saints
The Saints had the odds stacked against them right from the start on Saturday.
The A-grade side had two Mansfield umpires presiding over the game away from home, causing a stir among the Saints.
Benalla’s coach Pip O’Donoghue said she was proud of the way the girls handled themselves on court.
‘‘The girls kept fighting; even after some calls that hurt us, we stayed positive,’’ O’Donoghue said.
The Saints fell to the Mansfield girls in a close game, 28-35.
The Saints’ defenders worked exceptionally well all game to block Mansfield out of the circle.
The Saints also had the extremely cold weather to deal with, but managed to put it to the back of their minds.
‘‘We had the expectation that it would be almost snowing, so it wasn’t too bad in the end,’’ O’Donoghue said.
Putting the defeat behind them, the Saints will now look to take on Tatura this weekend.
Tatura currently sits just outside the six, having secured a win over Euroa at the weekend.
The Saints are in desperate need of a win to boost their confidence and see them move up A-grade ladder.
‘‘After the weekend we’re hoping to come out stronger, so we’re looking forward to it,’’ O’Donoghue said.
This weekend’s game will take place at the Benalla Showgrounds from 2.15 pm. the GVL
The Saints gave all they had, but it wasn’t enough to beat Mansfield away from home. Picture: Paul Martin