Tough day for Bombers’ reserves
BONNIE Doon reserves took the trip to Benalla this week with high anticipation of a win on the cards.
The first quarter saw Benalla Panthers put on a clinic for their home crowd, sticking it to the Bombers who were eager to bounce back and make amends for their first quarter effort of just one point.
The Panthers sat comfortably on 27, but after some match ups were made which saw Aaron Miller put down the back, their scores began slowing down.
A few key changes saw the Bombers start to move well, with Harry Parks proving his worth in the middle again followed closely by Matty Delahey and Jordy Wilko saw multiple forward entries.
Soon after making these key changes, the Bombers scored their first goal for the day through Andrew Rabson followed closely by Isaac Murray, who didn’t shy away when putting pressure on the Panthers’ defenders.
However, the Panthers weren’t taking their foot off the gas either with a dominant display around the contest.
The Panthers were making the most of their opportunities going forward, with Jack Carvosso doing his best to get the ball out of defence and back into the Bombers’ forward half.
A last ditch effort for one before the break for the Bombers saw the veteran and senior coach in Ken Benalla 4.3, 6.4, 8.7, 14.8 (92) Bonnie Doon 0.1, 3.2, 5.3, 6.3 (39)
GOALS, Benalla All Blacks: Christopher Lockhart 7, Joshua Kotuas 2, Matthew Schluter 2, Brendon Smith 2, Damon Cox 1. Bonnie Doon: Isaac Murray 2, Andrew Rabson 2, Anthony Delahey 1, James Bertalli 1.
BEST, Benalla All Blacks: Damon Cox, Richardson Shane, Joshua Kotuas, Scott Nicholson, Jeremy Mansfield, Brendon Smith. Bonnie Doon: Jack Carvosso, Paul Diamond, Isaac Murray, Codie Cummins, Aaron Jonathan-Miller, Nick Parker.
Murray pulling the boots on for the Bombers and having a hard shot on goal - but unfortunately, he couldn’t convert.
The Bombers went into half time just a few kicks behind the second half which saw Paul Diamond show off his skills like he’s done all year down the back.
Making their opponents nervous, the Bombers became hungry for more.
A few more quick ones were put on the board through James Bertalli, Andrew Rabson and Isaac Murray; but the Panthers weren’t laying down.
They were up for the fight with it flying back down their end, and a few handy goals from a couple of their midfielders saw James Bertalli have a quick burst in the middle, laying some big bumps and hard tackles.
Credit to the Panthers, who weren’t stopping and had plenty of numbers around the contest.
Mitch Purcell and Codie Cummins showed plenty of fight, making sure their side weren’t dropping their heads.
Matty Delahey kicked his first for the day, but sadly the Panthers were well and truly too strong in the last quarter.
The boys are eager to get back home next week against Greta for their last home game for the year.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Seniors coach Ken Murray stepped away from the sidelines and onto the field on Saturday, and suited up in red and black for a match alongside his son, Isaac Murray.