Benalla Saints came back from a 35-point deficit to defeat Kyabram on Saturday.DAMEN FRANCIS June 4, 2014 3:17am
Benalla pulled off the heist of the season to stun unbeaten reigning premier Kyabram by three points at Benalla Showgrounds on Saturday.
For three quarters the Saints were beaten at their own game — on the spread, in the clinches and in scoreboard efficiency — only to overturn a 35-point three-quarter time deficit and take top spot on the Goulburn Valley Football League ladder as the only undefeated team.
Tom Havers was the ultimate hero, kicking the final two goals of the game, including a tricky set shot from the left forward pocket to put his side in front with less than two minutes remaining.
Second-year Benalla playing coach Luke Morgan said it was his best day at the club.
‘‘It’s the best opposition we’ve played, we had our best side on the park and we’ve got three guys knocking the door down in the reserves, ’’ Morgan said.
‘‘I would just rather we did it in the first three quarters.
‘‘That was our game on our ground and they came and challenged us and they were better than us for three quarters.
‘‘It started to turn in patches in the first three quarters, then in that last quarter it showed how well we can play if we have 21 contributors.’’
The turnaround was so unforeseeable, Morgan simply asked his players to win the last term at the three-quarter time huddle.
There was no rousing speech, but the Saints showed tremendous fight and passion to roar home.
‘‘I didn’t know what to expect going into the game. I expected a good showing and it was definitely the toughest opposition we’ve gone up against in the first half of the season,’’ Morgan said.
‘‘It is good to know that our boys have got confidence within themselves, there’s not many sides that would be able to do that.
For full story see this week’s Ensign.
About 100 people attended an ecumenical service in Shepparton to remember those who died in the MH17 plane crash.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
‘‘Time for reflection is rare in life and in business,’’ Tatura Milk Industries chairman Barry Irvin told suppliers when delivering his end-of-financial-year report.
St Joseph’s College principal Kate Fogarty will be Assumption College’s first female principal when she takes over the role next year.
Rochester athlete Morgan Dingwall won medals at an international athletics competitions last month.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Brigade transforms station for Christmas in July.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Axedale student Zara Smith has created history, raising the single largest amount raised by a primary school student in the Jump Rope for Heart event’s 31-year history.
Mixed response from Cobram region politicians and businesses to the Commonwealth's removal of a price on carbon.
Ten Deniliquin athletes competed at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships last Friday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The Melbourne Scottish fiddlers return to Swanpool to raise money for local CFA brigades. Group officer Jim Ranken and fiddle player Kristin Marriott
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.