1993: All Blacks must win
All Blacks will have to win next week’s Preliminary Final engagement against Kantandra to make the Tungamah League Grand Final.
Opposed to Congupna in the second semi-final the All Blacks’ premiership aspirations were dealt a cruel blow, going down by a convincing 41 points.
The final score: Congupna 19.17 (131) defeated All Blacks 13.12 (90).
In an even first half, only one point separated the two sides with the stage set for an exciting finish.
Jamie Beaton was again playing an excellent game in the ruck, with John Marteniello perbly.
At the half-time break coach Wayne Primmer called on his players to lift their work rates.
At three-quarter-time Congupna had opened up a commanding 27-point lead and looked to have the measure of the All Blacks.
When the final siren sounded the deficit was 41 points, Congupna moving straight into the final.
David Sharpe was the major goal kicker for the All Blacks, finishing the game with six goals.
All Blacks officials and spectators will hope to see the Panthers stride into the Grand Final next week. roving su-
Also in The Ensign this week in 1993:
Benalla High School and Benalla Secondary College officially merged with local farmer Ivan Goudie naming the new school ‘Benalla College’.
Arson investigators were called in to find out what caused Violet Town’s Ellen Frances Hotel to burn down.
Two Benalla youths were charged with three counts of burglary.
Work on six new decorative lamps on the Benalla bridge commenced.
The Faithful St supermarket held an Italian week.