Benalla record big GVL win against Mooroopna

By Tyler Maher

Benalla went about its business with little fuss on Saturday.

The Saints controlled the Benalla Showgrounds contest against Mooroopna from siren to siren, increasing their advantage at each break before finishing with a 101-point triumph.

Nick Warnock and Brody Webster each snared four goals for the home side, while Jamie Dunne booted three.

The trio did most of the damage for the Saints, but with seven other players slotting majors in the 18-goal performance it was a great spread of goalkickers for coach Luke Morgan’s side.

‘‘I think we strung together four quarters and played some good footy,’ Morgan said.

‘‘We controlled what we could control and it was a very even team contribution, we didn’t have anyone who didn’t play their role.

‘‘We’ll move on to Echuca next week now and look forward to the challenge against a fellow finals side.’’

Chris Welsh, James Marchbank, Tom O’Brien and David Mennen stood out for the Saints, with Jack Spinks handy in his first senior game since last year.

‘‘Jack was back in for his first game in a while and got through well,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘James Martiniello was also able to play in the reserves and got through as well, and Marcus O’Brien is on the verge of coming back too, so the side’s looking a little stronger heading into finals.’’

Tom Bennett was reported for carelessly striking during the clash and was the only cause for concern for the Saints in the win.

For the Cats, Ash Hockey, Andrew Gelsi, Matt Deane and Nathan Turner were the only players to slot goals, while Aaron French, Todd Clarke, Clint Riley and Ajak Dang stood tall during defeat.

Third-placed Benalla’s percentage boost from the victory was almost 10 per cent, and gives the side an advantage of a game and about 16 per cent on fourth spot and this weekend’s opponent Echuca.