The minor premiership could still be Benalla's after a 33-point win against Seymour on Saturday.By Monique Freer
The minor premiership is within reach of Benalla Saints after a 33-point win over Seymour at Kings Park on Saturday.
Benalla now sits just two points below ladder-leader Kyabram, which suffered a 17-point loss to Rochester on Saturday.
Benalla playing coach Luke Morgan said it was his side’s best win in nearly two months.
‘‘We were really happy with our effort that we showed across the board, and I made a remark saying that’s probably our best performance in eight or nine games,’’ Morgan said.
‘‘In terms of our effort, we know we’ve got the skill and match-ups to go with the better sides, but on the weekend the effort we had from every player was where it needed to be.’’
Benalla must defeat Euroa this week to secure a top-two position, however whether it finishes as the minor premier is in the hands of Tatura and Kyabram.
Kyabram will meet third-placed Tatura this Saturday, and could drop as far as third position if Tatura wins.
The Saints got off to a slow start against the Lions before booting six unanswered goals at the start of the second quarter.
Bolstered by the return of full forward Nick Warnock from a hamstring injury and the inclusion of the league’s second-highest reserves goalkicker Sam Kunkel, the Saints’ tall forward line began to fire.
‘‘It probably took a little while to get that forward line functioning, but then when it did we kicked into gear,’’ Morgan said.
‘‘Nick Warnock came back in and .
Zac Pallpratt also returned to the senior side from the under-18s; he was creative at half-forward and applied strong defensive pressure.
The Lions fought back in the third quarter, bringing the Saints’ lead back to just 12 points at one stage.
‘‘The only disappointing aspect was we let them hang in and we didn’t put them away when we had the chance,’’ Morgan said.
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