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With 38 goals, merciless Benalla strolls

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May 28, 2018

Benalla scored 18 goals in one quarter alone on its way to blitzing Shepparton Swans by 225 points.

Benalla scored 18 goals in one quarter alone on its way to blitzing Shepparton Swans by 225 points.

With the Swans scoring two of its own in third term, the 20-goal quarter went for about 40 minutes.

Nick Warnock owned the forward line on his way to nine goals for the game, with Lachie Thompson helping himself to six and James Martyn and Brodie Webster each finishing with four.

The massive margin was a combination of Benalla continuing its red hot form, while Swans coach Justin George was concerned with his side’s showing.

‘‘We were extremely disappointed with our performance, we failed to show up and we were given an absolute lesson by a first class side,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a young group and unfortunately we’ll have these days where we’re put under pressure and they gave us a football lesson and we weren’t able to compete physically or mentally.

‘‘We just have to come with the required effort and that’s a mental thing, not a physical thing, so we’ll discuss what went wrong and make some changes if we have to (for next week’s match against Echuca).’’

Young gun Tyreece Collison again showed plenty of promise with his more experienced teammates in Mitch Hough, Rhys Healey and Chris Cullinan doing what they could on a tough day.

The Saints kept the Swans scoreless in the first term at Princess Park and did not allow a goal until the bonanza that was the third quarter.

Benalla ace Sam Martyn led the charge and coach Luke Morgan said his side did not drop off in intensity for the match.

‘‘We had quicker ball movement and we used skills quite well and had a large number of inside 50s that we used effectively,’’ he said.

‘‘I thought we played good football for the majority of the game, the Swans had a crack at the game and the way they fought out the game, they always had good endeavour.’’

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