Test­ing en­counter for Saints

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

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

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