Benalla Saints' miraculous season came to an abrupt end on Saturday after a devastating seven-point loss to Shepparton Swans.By Monique Freer
Benalla Saints’ fairytale season has come to an abrupt end after a heartbreaking seven-point loss to Shepparton Swans on Saturday at Rochester’s Moon Oval.
In a low-scoring contest the Saints clawed their way to the front at three-quarter-time, but were unable to match the intensity of the Swans in the final quarter.
Coach Luke Morgan, whose game was restricted by a shoulder injury, was in tears after the match, as were a number of other players.
‘‘I’m shattered, I’m shattered for the boys, they deserved to win a final, I’m just shattered really,’’ Morgan said, fighting back tears.
‘‘Our expectations at the start of the year were wildly exceeded — but to not win a final now, it puts a dampener on our season.’’
Senior assistant coach Dean Easton said it was disappointing to bow out in straight sets.
‘‘No-one’s feeling it more than Luke (Morgan) at the moment, with the work that he’s put in and he’s just been fantastic for this club. He deserved for us to win a final,’’ he said.
The Saints outscored the Swans and had control over the game for much of the match. Alistair Jacka was superb off the wing and finished with another three-goal haul, while Jake Pallpratt was again in best-on-ground form across half-back.
‘‘I was surprised they (won), most of the game I thought we were on top,’’ Easton said.
‘‘They’ve got two key defenders, (Daniel) Lovick and (Andrew) Riordan, they were just sort of on top and we just had trouble kicking goals.’’
Captain James Martiniello capped off a superb season in the midfield, while Sam Martyn left his mark on the game in his return from injury.
Brook Martyn also played a strong first half in the forward line and took strong pack marks against his opponents.
For full story see this week’s Ensign.
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