At the home of football where so many greats have showcased their skills, the Goulburn Valley League mustered up all they had to take down a strong Ballarat League side.
The interleague clash at the MCG on Saturday saw a high-scoring display between the two sides, with the Goulburn Valley League hearing the sweet chimes of victory at the sound of the final siren.
With the best players assembled from the two leagues, the tight four-quarter tussle resulted in an end score of 20.8-128 to 16.10-106.
The GVL side was led by Saints playing coach Luke Morgan, who said all players represented their clubs and the league proudly.
‘‘It was a very high-scoring and exciting game of footy,’’ Morgan said.
‘‘It probably came down to our ability to run and spread in the last quarter, they were winning a lot of the footy in the centre early, which was keeping them in the game.
‘‘The Ballarat league have a really strong competition with lots of VFL-listed players, so we had to play our best.’’
Four other Saints players made up the GVL team in Nick Warnock in forward and ruck, Sam Martin through the midfield, David Mennan at half back and Tom Bennet, who kept a dangerous opponent out of the game throughout the second half.
The interleague showdown was used as a curtain raiser for the Essendon and Geelong game.
Morgan said the opportunity for the players to take to the MCG was once in a lifetime.
‘‘It’s one that you probably won’t get again, so it was a great experience for all of the players,’’ he said.
‘‘Each player will be able to look back on it when their playing careers are over.
‘‘A few might have had nerves, I know I certainly did, but after the first bounce we all settled in well.’’
Benalla Saints and interleague player Nick Warnock said the Interleague match would stay a highlight for him.
‘‘There was a great atmosphere and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,’’ Warnock said.
‘‘I was going in confident, but they were a lot stronger than I was expecting, so we did well to get the win.
‘‘Having Luke as a coach made it more enjoyable in that we already have a good relationship and having the five Benalla boys there made it really enjoyable as well.’’
The Saints will now be looking to regroup to take on the Shepparton Swans.
‘‘The next five games are vital for our season, so this weekend will be the first of five vital games for us,’’ Morgan said.
This weekend’s game will be played at Princess Park on Saturday, May 26.