Benalla Ensign

Under-14 Giants and Bulldogs triumph

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Benalla Bulldogs and Giants Under-14s teams recorded victories in round five of the Wangaratta and District Junior Football League.

At the Benalla Showground­s on Saturday, Benalla Giants won a hard-fought match against Wangaratta Centrals.

In a thrilling contest that saw the score locked at 41 a piece at half-time, the Giants came out triumphant at the final siren.

Ryan Hopgood and James Martin worked tirelessly to push the ball forward, while Cooper Binion applied defensive pressure generating some great turnover opportunit­ies for the Giants to gain possession.

Max Smyth and Xavier Wapling proved effective up forward both kicking three goals. Jaidyn Chee and Owain Boyle again worked tirelessly and were efficient with the ball scoring four goals apiece.

Another great team from the Giants.

Earlier, the Giants’ Under12s found the going tough against the top-of-the-ladder Centrals.

While the side didn’t make an impact on the scoreboard, to their they didn’t stop trying.

Josh Hart played another great game in defence for the Giants, well supported by Josh Mathieson and Seth Duggan.

Hunter Smyth and Harry Skelton both played their best games of the season.

On Sunday, Benalla Bulldogs travelled to Myrtleford to take on the Saints.

After a slow start to the game, the young Doggies worked hard

effort for the remainder of the match to stay in touch with the home side.

Angus Richardson and Ryder Roberston worked hard in the ruck, while Mary Moll was busy on the wing. Ryder Humphries was a strong contributo­r in the forward line.

Goals were kicked by Billie Dyer and Nate Nicholas.

In the Under-14s match, a slow start by the Bulldogs saw the home side establish a threegoal lead at quarter time.

The Doggies worked hard in the second term and reduced the margin to one goal at half-time.

The third quarter saw the Bulldogs’ midfield link up well and rebound strongly from the half-backline.

Daryl Pastuszka, Rory Sammon, Jesse Liddington, Ryan Storer, Kye Miller, Xavier

Rhodes and Oscar Beaton were strong performers.

Forwards Montell Macfarlane and Jonty Priest were dangerous kicking seven goal between them.

During the last quarter the Bulldogs were able to maintain its lead to run out eight-point winners.

Benalla’s united Under-17 side had a tough day in Myrtleford on Sunday, going down to the undefeated Myrtleford Saints.

Benalla had a good start to the game, kicking three goals in the opening term, before Myrtleford piled on the goals to run out winners by 93 points.

Waylon Walker, Jobe Parmansche, Liam Thivillier­Lefebvre and Bailey Ashlin all battled hard for Benalla.

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