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.
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Wemba Wemba, Ngandjon-jji and Yorta Yorta man Clayton Murray-Mitchell is planning a two-day festival in Moama featuring Archie Roach and Kevin Kropinyeri.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
Cobram Barooga Cycling Club president takes his talents on teh world stage for masters competition.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
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.