Benalla Ensign

Towners soar over Eagles

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A four-quarter effort by the Towners enabled them to win comfortabl­y by 57 points over archrivals Shepparton East.

Leading by 23 points at quartertim­e the home side went on to claim each quarter as momentum continued to build and injuries eased.

Josh Mellington starred up forward with nine goals (as well as handing a few off) to lead the leagues’ goal kicking tally, that now stands at 57 from seven games.

Down back Tom Cosgriff led a superb defensive unit: skipper Ryan Jennings, Nathan Abley and Ben Cosgriff were clear winners in their roles duly noted by coach Joel Price as a particular­ly good, tight unit.

Ollie Ford claimed best on ground honours, leading the on ball brigade with 34 possession­s. The midfield won consistent­ly all day.

With nearly 600 games between them Sean Horsburgh and Tim Ross defy father time, both excellent and clearly in the better players on the ground.

Horsburgh starred whether helping down back or being creative further up the field, while Ross dominated at centre half forward, collecting possession­s or delivering immense forward pressure.

Tom Saker playing game 50 and largely rucking on his own was also dominant. There is a bit of Max Gawn in Tom!

Fintan and brother Nick Brazil continued their superb season creating havoc around the ground; particular­ly hard at stoppages to contain.

Debutant Tom Havers kicked three goals, signalling his importance up forward.

Finally, the win loss ratio is in the positive, with a big month ahead for Violet Town: this week Rushworth away.

Violet Town: 18.9.117

Shepp East: 8.12.60

Best: O.Ford, T.Cosgriff, T.Ross, S.Horsburgh, J.Mellington, F.Brazil, T.Saker

Goals: J.Mellington 9, T.Havers 3, M.McCarty 2, S.Horsbugh, N.Abley, D.Turkington, N.Brazil 1 each

2nd XVIII

Trailing by 11 points at threequart­er-time Eddie’s boys responded in the last, kicking five unanswered goals to run away by 17 points.

Jake Styles took control in the last, dominating up forward, finishing with three goals to help set up the Towners’ best win of the season.

Senior players Ryan LloydWilli­ams and Lachlan Ellis dominated their positions and strengthen­ed the “twos” unit to no end.

Dowell, Corbett and Jansen all played well, as did Hogg playing his first game since a broken arm.

A very happy coach at end of the game, Kozole and the Towners now hope to topple Rushworth and push to get inside the top six.

Violet Town: 12.5.77

Shepp East: 9.6.60

Best: J.Styles, R.Dowell, R.LloydWilli­ams, L.Ellis, J.Hogg, J.Corbett Goals: J.Styles 3, J.Davies 2, J.Fox 2, A.Nickolovsk­i 2, L.Unger, E.Kozole, J.Stewart 1 each

A-grade

Violet Town were out for a good start in perfect conditions, which appeared the case with some lovely play from the defensive end in Sasha, Kolby and Jayde, bringing the ball down to the attacking end and feeding the ball into the shooters nicely.

Some changes were made at half-time which allowed Shepp

East to gain momentum, and push the score out.

Throughout the whole game unforced were the difference with Violet Town making too many throughout the game, allowing Shepp East to win the game comfortabl­y in the end.

Final scores:

Violet Town 31 def by Shepp East 68.

Imy Law; Second Jayde Burden.

B-grade

Best on court: best:

Violet Town came out strong with a number of new combinatio­ns on the court.

There were some great passages of play, all working well together to get the ball down to the attacking end.

Defensivel­y all work hard, the defenders coming up with some great intercepts and rebounds.

Violet Town fought hard all game with some silly unforced errors the difference.

Final scores:

Violet Town 21 def by Shepp East 57.

Emma Warnock; Chelsea Sessions. C-grade

Best on court: Second best:

Both teams started the game off working tirelessly to get a score on the board with no luck.

Violet Town continued to work hard throughout the game with the score not reflecting the game.

The defensive trio of Brianna, Sara and Bec worked well together all game coming up lots of ball.

A well-fought game by all players.

Final scores:

Violet Town 2 def by Shepp East 34.

Eden Smith; Second Ellie Triffit.

Under-15

Best on court: best:

After a few weeks off the girls were keen to get off to a good start.

The VT girls were working well together to get the ball down to the shooters, but unfortunat­ely the goals weren’t dropping.

After regrouping at quartertim­e Violet Town came out firing with some fantastic defensive pressure all the way down the court, creating plenty of opportunit­ies to get the ball back.

The shooters had found their range and the goals started to drop.

The momentum was Violet Town’s way and this continued in the third quarter.

The girls started to tire in the last quarter with some unforced errors made which allowed Shepp East to get back into the game.

Violet Town fought hard all game but unfortunat­ely Shepp East were too good.

Final scores:

Violet Town 32 def by Shepp East 37.

Ruby Jackson; Most Macey Ross. Under-13

Best on court: determined:

The Under-13 team has not played much netball at all in the last six weeks, and the girls got off to a slow start.

Defensivel­y the girls worked hard all game and were able to come up with some fantastic intercepts and deflection­s, but VT just weren’t able to convert them into goals.

In attack Violet Town had some great passages of play bringing the ball down to the shooting end of the court in the third and fourth quarters.

In the end Shepp East were just too strong for the VT team.

Great improvemen­t on display from all the Violet Town players. Final scores:

Violet Town 11 def by Shepp East 31.

Penny Goss; Most Elliette Jeffrey.

Best on court: determined:

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