End of the road for Saints

Benalla Ensign - - Motorsport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

The stage had been set and the hype built for Be­nalla’s fi­nals cam­paign.

But just as fast as fi­nals came around, it was over.

The Saints’ three-point loss to Mans­field sent shock­waves through the team, which was sent pack­ing in an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal in Sey­mour on Satur­day.

After Be­nalla lead for much of the day in rainy con­di­tions, Mans­field strung together the fi­nal three goals of the game to run away with the win, putting an end to Be­nalla’s sea­son and show­ing the un­pre­dictabil­ity of fi­nals foot­ball.

Two of the late goals came from the boot of Ea­gles player Brett Ma­honey, right when the Saints had worked hard to se­cure a 13-point lead in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Be­nalla coach Luke Mor­gan said the loss has left the Saints with a hol­low feel­ing.

‘‘It’s a bad and dis­ap­point­ing way to fin­ish the sea­son,’’ Mor­gan said.

‘‘We just didn’t take our chances and op­por­tu­ni­ties and gave them two or three goals that were easy for them.

‘‘Dur­ing the sea­son we worked on some things and de­vel­oped so to not win a fi­nal has meant we haven’t achieved a goal of ours.’’

Sam Mar­tyn, James Mar­tiniello, Luke Mor­gan, Jack Spinks, Charlie Mor­ri­son and Lach­lan Thomp­son were named the best play­ers for the Saints, while Brody Web­ster and Nick Warnock hit the score­board with two goals each.

In what was over­all a suc­cess­ful home and away sea­son for Be­nalla, coach Mor­gan said the side would now spend some time re­flect­ing on what had hap­pened.

‘‘We’re look­ing to re­flect on the sea­son now that it’s fin­ished a few weeks ear­lier than we would have hoped for,’’ Mor­gan said.

He will also be de­cid­ing in the com­ing weeks if he will re­main Be­nalla’s coach for next year.

Kyabram, Echuca, Shep­par­ton and Mans­field are now the four teams re­main­ing for the semi­fi­nals in the Goul­burn Val­ley League, with Tatura also bow­ing out in an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal on the week­end.

Mans­field will now play the Shep­par­ton Bears, while Kyabram will clash with Echuca this week­end.

Great grab: Be­nalla’s Sam Mar­tyn marks on his chest on Satur­day. Pic­tures: Karl Phillip­son

Sea­son ends: The Saints dev­as­tated as their sea­son comes to an end.

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