The year that was in sport

January 04, 2018

The Benalla All Blacks could top off an incredible, and unpredictable, season by winning the Ovens and King Football League grand final on Saturday.


July 5: Benalla Saints snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in a five-point loss to Euroa at home on the weekend.

July 12: An in-form Jack Ellis and Riley Moran led Benalla All Blacks to their 11th victory of the season on Saturday.

July 19: Benalla’s Rob Adelberg has had a hectic last week. Firstly he competed in the Red Bull X Fighters event in Madrid, before travelling to America for the X Games.

July 26: Benalla Saints’ women’s team is headed for a showdown with ladder leaders Bendigo Thunder in week one of the finals in the Northern Country Women’s Football League.


August 2: Benalla’s Tom Rockliff played his 150th match for the Brisbane Lions on Sunday night against the West Coast Eagles.

August 9: Benalla’s Becky Webster is headed for the top of women’s football after she was recently selected for the under-18 All Australian squad to play in a curtain-raiser for the AFL’s Celebration of Football.

August 16: A convincing win during the weekend has seen the Benalla Saints take another giant step towards the finals in September.

August 23: Benalla’s football and netball stars shone brightly at the Ovens and King awards presentation evening on Sunday. Nine Benalla representatives were called on stage to receive awards throughout the night.

August 30: Benalla Saints and Murray Bushrangers footy product Harry Morrison finally got the chance in the spotlight — in Luke Hodge’s retiring match.


September 6: The Benalla All Blacks have done it. They broke a 22-year hoodoo when they booked their spot in the grand final after beating Tarrawingee.

September 13: Brian Perry has his fingers in a number of pies around Benalla’s sporting scene.

But before that he was involved with cycling, table tennis, and was even the Mayor of a Melbourne suburb.

September 20: Devastation set in as the final siren sounded, marking the end of the Benalla All Blacks’ historic season. The Panthers lost 43-90 at W.J Findlay Oval.

September 27: Benalla Saints netballers topped off a strong season in the best way possible when they took out the B-grade premiership on Sunday.

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