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Benalla claims first win in thriller

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May 04, 2018

Benalla Saints netballers chalked up their first victory for the year in dramatic fashion over Euroa on Saturday.

Benalla Saints netballers chalked up their first victory for the year in dramatic fashion over Euroa on Saturday.

The two-point win wasn’t set until the final whistle as the scoreline was tight throughout the match.

Down by two goals at quarter time, the Saints mounted a huge comeback away from home, to be level at half, then up by one at three-quarter time, and by two at the final whistle.

Having been on the bottom of the Goulburn Valley Netball League for the past few matches, the Saints are relieved to be off the mark and under way after four rounds.

The win has also lifted the side off the bottom, a position that has now been filled by Mansfield.

But it will be a tough ask to go two in a row for the side as they line up to face second-placed Mooroopna on Saturday.

Saints coach Pip O’Donoghue said the match went down to the wire, and was glad to have secured the club’s maiden win.

‘‘It was pretty intense, it was really tight throughout and came down in the end to a couple of crucial intercepts and that gave us the win after a fight back,’’ O’Donoghue said.

Being down by a couple at the first break saw O’Donoghue change up the line-up, causing the momentum to shift in the Saints’ favour.

‘‘I made a change after to our goalers after that first quarter and that seemed to work,’’ she said.

‘‘It was a very intense game and fortunately the change helped and the new combination worked.’’

The win was just desserts for the side, which has toiled hard in the opening rounds with little to show for it.

‘‘You always want to win and no win will be easy, so it’s good to see they’ve worked hard and it’s paid off for them,’’ O’Donoghue said.

‘‘I think in the last quarter their ability to not panic was the most pleasing.

‘‘They lifted their intensity and kind of proved how much they wanted that win,’’

Saturday pits the Saints against second on the ladder Mooroopna away from home.

‘‘It’ll be another side that’s tough, it’ll be hard but we will keep the same attitude and keep working hard and putting things into place that work for us,’’ O’Donoghue said.

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