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Saints post maiden win

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May 19, 2017

The Benalla Saints women’s side has won its first ever match — and it came against the Shepparton Bears.

The Saints made up for last week’s 21-point loss to the Bendigo Thunder in the Northern Country Women’s Football League, by slotting seven goals and seven behinds past the Bears.

Co-coach Darren Skelton said the whole side played well, but some players led from the front to ensure the victory.

‘‘Midfielder Kylie Relf was the best player on the ground, while Nat Pritchard, Chelsea Walsh, Hayley Martiniello and co-captains Kelsie Piscioneri and Jayden Burden led from the front,’’ he said.

The Saints, playing in their second game, kicked three goals to nil in the first quarter to establish the match winning league.

Adding a further four goals for the match, the Saints recorded a strong 45 point victory over the Bears.

Keeping the visitors to just five points was an important statistic, coach Skelton said.

‘‘The Saints’ back line was rock solid for the entire match,’’ he said.

Piscioneri and first-gamer Mal Nankervis both kicked three goals.

Morgan said he was pleased with the side’s rapid improvement from the first round loss to the Thunder.

‘‘We had a lot of the play during our match against Thunder, but we struggled to convert our entries into goals,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘On Sunday we finished off our work well in front of goal and applied scoreboard pressure from early in the match.’’

Skelton echoed Morgan, saying the team has important fixtures coming up, in which results will be vital.

‘‘We now have a challenging few weeks playing away at Mooroopna, Kerang, Echuca and Bendigo,’’ he said.

This Sunday the Saints women will face the third-placed Mooroopna Cats away at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve. First bounce is at 2.30pm.

Meanwhile the men’s match will be held on Saturday against the Rochester Tigers at 2pm at Moon Oval. The Tigers sit eighth with a win and three losses from their first four matches, while the Saints are flying high in third.

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