Saints no match for red-hot Euroa

Top gun: Euroa’s Jett Trotter kicked five goals on Saturday. Photo by Zac Standish

A clinical Euroa produced an impressive Goulburn Valley League victory over Benalla on Saturday afternoon.

The 20.15 (135) to 3.10 (28) result at Euroa’s Memorial Oval was in the home side’s hands from the outset, with a 41-point to two first quarter putting the Magpies well and truly in control of the contest.

In the second term it was more of the same, and despite a gallant third quarter from the visiting Saints, the Magpies were simply too strong.

Euroa coach Scott Rowan said it was a pretty scrappy contest throughout.

“They (Benalla) sort of flooded our forward line a fair bit from the start of the game until the end of the game, so there were a few frustrations at times,” Rowan said.

“But we got through it and were able to sort of capitalise on the work we’d done in the first three quarters in the last, so that was pretty pleasing to finish off.”

Rowan said the result was a team effort, with an even spread of contributors across the field.

He said Jack McKernan, who kicked seven goals, had been working hard for not a lot of reward in recent weeks, so it was good to see him succeed, while Jett Trotter also made the most of his opportunities.

“It was really pleasing, Lachie Hill has continued his good form as has Max Gleeson and Dan Garside across half-back was really good and Nate Trotter as well,” Rowan said.

“We had a clean bill of health again which is fantastic, but we’ll just look forward to next week (against Mansfield) and then Rochester at home for past players day as well.”

Euroa maintains its place in the top six, with a record of six wins and two losses after eight games.

Josh Marchbank put in a good shift for the Saints on Saturday, with Will O’Donoghue and Jake Pallpratt also named among the best.

Benalla’s under-18s football side went down valiantly to Euroa 10.13 (73) to 5.7 (37).

Tom Riley earned best-on with a classy three-goal haul, while Dan Hurley chipped in with two.

Jakob Decker, Colby Mathieson and Henry Hill were among the key contributors.

In netball action, the Saints A-grade side was outclassed by a high-flying Euroa — the final score 60-34.

The fast-paced game at Memorial Park was an entertaining one, with Magpies defender Tylah Marchbank producing some great intercepts, while Bree Poole and Karly Wappett both shot well.

Poole was named best-on-court for the winning side, while Kellie Keen put in a good showing for Benalla.

Sisters Bridget Hill (Euroa) and Chloe Hill (Benalla) were also named in their sides’ best, with both working hard in defence for their respective sides.

Benalla’s B-grade netballers outfit managed to snag a thrilling upset win in their match-up with the Cats, coming away with an impressive 33-30 win.

Bec Robinson, Tilly Lang and Natalie Pritchard all produced fine performances for their side’s second win of the season.

The B-reserve side went down 40-24, with Ella and Anna Howell and Georgie Morrison among the standouts for their side.

It was a big day for the under-17s, who collected an impressive 43-31 triumph.

Gemma Mathieson, Bree O’Donoghue and Mia Matthews were the top performers for the Saints.