Panthers up against it

April 04, 2018

Emma Sangster worked tirelessly in the Benalla All Blacks' season opener loss to Bonnie Doon on Good Friday. Photo: Garry Jones.

The Benalla All Blacks have improved in the off season, but started their year like they finished the last, with a loss.

Georgia Spencer and Alara Jones were among the goals, but the Panthers could not pull together a win in the 57-41 loss.

The A-grade side started well with a number of new combinations to begin the season.

All players made significant contributions while battling warm conditions, but could not match Bonnie Doon on their home court.

In the B-grade, the side had a great start to the season, pulling off a 50-35 win.

The team put on great defensive pressure and the defenders worked tirelessly in the ring, creating many turnovers that shooters were able to capitalise on.

Awards went to Natasha Blackburn, Jen Pearce, Grace Bekins and Sally Burgess.

In the B-reserves match, Bonnie Doon found their feet and fought hard to win the game in a convincing 52-19 scoreline.

Each quarter saw Benalla improve its game, with sharp shooting and great leadership from Kellie McGill, she was able to direct play down the court.

Awards went to Kellie McGill, Samantha Palmer and Sarah Green.

The C-graders started off their season by coming up against last year premiers, and losing 70-18.

In a tough first game with plenty of positives to build on throughout the rest of the season, awards went to Lia Greenhalgh, Paige Blaine and Ella Woods.

The under-15s fell to the same side, in a 29-13 scoreline.

Bonnie Doon stepped up the pace in the second quarter and took the lead.

Awards went to Patrick Timmers, Mia Begley and Hayley Montgomery.

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