Josh Mellington has had a day to remember, bagging 10 goals for Benalla as the Saints made it 12 straight wins when they defeated Echuca at the weekend.GREGOR MACTAGGART July 21, 2014 3:10am
Josh Mellington illustrated the quality which saw him attract the interest of AFL powerhouse Fremantle with a virtuoso display in Benalla’s 74-point win over Echuca on Saturday.
The talented forward booted a season-best 10 goals as the Saints marched to their 12th consecutive Goulburn Valley Football League victory.
Mellington, who played six games in his three seasons with the Dockers, was simply unstoppable at times in the slippery conditions.
There might be an inquiry on Morrison Medal night if Mellington does not get the three votes from the umpires after kicking 10.4 from a game that also featured 19 possessions and 11 marks.
For the most part it was one-way traffic for the home side, which after scrapping out a five-point lead at quarter-time against the breeze, ran riot in the second term to end the match as a contest.
Benalla kicked 9.5 to 1.1 to hold a commanding 55-point advantage at the main break before stretching that gap to 68 by three-quarter time and eventually the 74-point margin.
Saints coach Luke Morgan praised his side’s ability to hit forward targets Mellington and Nick Warnock, who also proved a fine avenue to goal with four majors.
“I thought that was the best we kicked the ball inside-50 all year, we really got the ball to some dangerous areas,” Morgan said.
“Josh played well and showed that touch of class he has, while Warnock presented well and constantly created a good option, they proved a real handful.”
Benalla also enjoyed ascendancy in the midfield with Jake Pallpratt and Morgan winning a lot of the football, while defender Lachlan Smith impressed at half-back.
Despite slumping to their ninth loss in 12 matches, Echuca certainly had its moments, particularly in the first and final quarters.
The Murray Bombers displayed plenty of endeavour in the tight opening term and added some respectability to the scoreboard with five goals in the final quarter.
Tom Stevens was named as Echuca’s best player, while usual suspects Matthew Pollock and Simon Buckley battled hard in the midfield.
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