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Benalla Saints win inaugural memorial cup

Benalla Saints defeated Euroa by 43 points to claim the Robert Robinson Memorial Cup on Friday.

MONIQUE FREER April 23, 2014 3:17am

Tayla and Jan-debbie Robinson walk down the guard of honour formed by Euroa and Benalla players ahead of the inaugural Robert Robinson Memorial Cup.

The Robert Robinson Memorial Cup will take its place in Benalla Saints’ trophy cabinet after the home side defeated Euroa by 43-points on Friday.

In a Good Friday clash at Benalla Showgrounds, the Saints fended off a second quarter comeback from Euroa to notch its second consecutive win for the season.

Playing coach Luke Morgan said despite the smaller winning margin than last week, he was much happier with his side’s performance.

‘‘I didn’t think it was clean, but the pressure from both sides was enormous, so I’m really happy with it,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘I was much happier with today’s performance barring probably 15 minutes in that second quarter where we were challenged a bit and the boys rallied late in that second quarter and were able to rally and keep it in our favour.’’

The inaugural Robert Robinson Memorial Cup was held in memory of former Benalla and Euroa trainer Robert ‘‘Robbo’’ Robinson, who died suddenly last month.

Both clubs formed a guard of honour before the senior match, and Robinson’s wife Jan-debbie tossed the coin.

The Saints got off to a blistering start, kicking six goals to Euroa’s one and dominating the centre clearances.

However, Euroa came back hard in the second quarter, kicking three unanswered goals and closing the gap quickly.

‘‘Euroa are a good side and they’re going to beat a lot of teams this year, so they were always going to come at us,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘We probably got a little bit happy with our first quarter, so we were on the back foot a little bit for a time.

‘‘We were second to the ball and we were reactive, and whenever you’re reactive at this level of footy the other team’s going to get the upper hand.’’

The Saints steadied at the end of the second and comfortably extended its lead in the third quarter.

Ruckman Josh Marchbank was in stellar form, allowing Morgan and the Martiniello brothers, Will and James, to star through the centre.

‘‘I put it down to our midfield clearance work and getting the ball forward, because we had more entries than them at the end of the day,’’ Morgan said.


For full story see this week's Ensign.

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