Benalla Ensign

Pies hold on in thriller

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For the first time in six years, Benalla Saints failed to leave Euroa’s Memorial Oval with points secured in the Goulburn Valley League.

Saturday’s 12.7 (79) to 10.9 (69) loss to the Magpies on its home track was nothing short of a thriller, but broke a remarkable winning record spanning back to 2015.

Euroa, with its back against the wall, survived a monumental fightback from Benalla in the round-five contest after the scores were locked at 60-all at threequart­er time.

Euroa coach Scott Rowan had plenty of praise reserved for the Saints, and was relieved his group was able to dig deep and stave off the visitors.

“They are a very good side and we knew that we were in for a massive challenge and that they would put up a fight,” Rowan said.

“We were up against it with two injuries, but it was so pleasing to see how the boys lifted in that last term.

“And I wasn’t aware of that (the last time Euroa beat Benalla at home), but I knew we have had a few close ones.

‘‘It’s nice to finally be on the right sides of things.’’

Benalla did not admirers in the loss.

Behind by a staggering six-goal margin by the first siren, Jake Pallpratt’s men clawed their way back into the contest to trail by 25-points at the half.

Drawing level with only the last term remaining, the comeback looked on.

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But it wasn’t to be, as Euroa held firm to keep make it three wins from four and hand Benalla its second defeat of the year.

Nick Warnock was a standout for the Saints, booting four goals during the 10-point loss.

Jordan Wolff tried his hardest and finished with two goals, while midfielder­s Zac Pallpratt and David Mennen contribute­d strongly for four quarters.

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Alex Mitchell ?? Benalla’s Nick Warnock was fearless against Euroa on Saturday.
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Lion hearted: Alex Mitchell Benalla’s Nick Warnock was fearless against Euroa on Saturday. Picture:
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