Benalla Ensign

Panthers belt Bats in derby

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Seniors All Blacks 13.13 (91) def Goorambat 6.7 (43)

A hard-fought win for the seniors in a very physical game.

In a game where All Blacks led at every break, we had winners all over the ground.

Down back, Harry Ellis continued his excellent form crashing packs and taking strong contested marks.

The midfield put on anther dominant performanc­e starting with Will Ellis in the ruck, his improvemen­t this season has been massive for the team.

Sam Newton and Jackson Hourigan did all the dirty work for us yesterday winning the hard ball, along with Joel Bate who contribute­d with some great smothers and a goal-saving tackle late in the game.

Next week we travel to Whorouly, which will no doubt be another physical game.

Awards

Royal Hotel:

Coffees To Go/The Caffeinato­r:

Harry Ellis

Thursday Night Dinner: Bully’s Barbershop Haircut:

Bate

Sam Newton Will Ellis

Joel

Reserves

All Blacks 29.8 (82) def Goorambat 0.1 (1)

A full-strength reserves side had an emphatic win over local rivals Goorambat on Saturday.

In a clinical performanc­e in the first half, highlighte­d by terrific spread and run and carry from all players on the ground, saw halftime coming with an impressive margin.

With a tighter contest in the second half more numbers were thrown into defence, class and ball use came to the fore.

Led with a terrific back and midfield effort from Dean Bradshaw, who continued his fantastic form for the season, highlighte­d by an impressive speccy in the second half, and the dynamic all-round performanc­e of a Chelton Orchard, who played in all parts of the ground providing impressing run and carry and slick ball use.

The intercept work of Justin Gervasoni across half back and centre lines ensured all opposition forays were in vain, being cut off before causing any damage, while providing our forward the best chance to score.

Alby Hill proved unstoppabl­e up forward, leading strongly as well as crumbing well at ground level, heavily influencin­g the scoreboard.

The timely return from injury of Jacob Donlon and Josh Kotvas provided invaluable support around the ground as well as much-needed class moving the ball forward.

The Reserves now look towards a huge challenge next week against the second-placed

Whorouly, along with a big week on the training track to prepare for what could prove to be a pivotal game in the season. Awards

Dosser Panels:

Royal Hotel:

Brad & Mels Snack Bar:

Gervasoni

Dean Bradshaw Chelton Orchard

Justin

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Tussle: Meredith Tolliday Benalla All Blacks’ Will Ellis challenges Goorambat’s Tom Moloney for the pill. Picture:
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