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.
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