Saint again

Benalla Ensign - - Motorsport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

on page 33. Spec­ta­tors flocked to Win­ton Mo­tor Race­way dur­ing the week­end to see the Aus­tralian Trac­tor Pull Event for the first time at Win­ton. Full story Pic­ture: Karl Phillipson

A ‘‘tough, good old-fash­ioned foot­baller’’ is how Saints se­nior coach James Mar­tiniello de­scribed Be­nalla’s lat­est re­cruit. His brother no less. Will Mar­tiniello is re­turn­ing home to the Saints for 2019 af­ter a stel­lar sea­son for Maribyrnong Park in the Essendon Dis­trict Foot­ball League.

Mar­tiniello took out the Reynolds Medal, ce­ment­ing him­self as the best and fairest player in the EDFL for 2018.

But the mid­fielder’s list of ac­co­lades does not stop there, hav­ing also been awarded a Mor­ri­son Medal in 2014, best and fairest ti­tles for Be­nalla in 2014 and 2015 and con­tin­u­ing his form in 2017 to take the ti­tle out at Maribyrnong, as well as win­ning a premier­ship with the Saints in 2015.

Mar­tiniello was also a part of the Mur­ray Bushrangers TAC Cup premier­ship team of 2008, along­side the likes of now AFL stars Tom Rock­liff, Steele Side­bot­tom and Jack Ziebell.

Play­ing his ju­nior foot­ball with Be­nalla, Mar­tiniello said it was great to be back at the club for next sea­son and is set to travel from Mel­bourne for games.

‘‘Be­nalla is my home club, so it’s good to be back with my brother and mates,’’ Mar­tiniello said.

‘‘I have fond mem­o­ries play­ing in two grand fi­nals, win­ning one and los­ing one.’’

Con­tin­ued Page 35

Broth­ers in arms: Will Mar­tiniello is set to make his re­turn to Be­nalla as a Saint next sea­son un­der brother and newly ap­pointed coach James.

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