Giants seal a thriller

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla Giants recorded their second victory of the season, overcoming Wangaratta Magpies by two points in a thrilling encounter at Norm Minns Oval on Saturday.

Leading at every change, the Giants held off the fast-finishing home side to steal the four points.

Deakyn Kohler found his range kicking three goals for the Gs, while Lachy Boyle, Will O’Donoghue, Colby Mathieson, Charlie McCarthy and Harry DeWinnie all fired.

The win is great reward for the Giants’ players who have improved significantly since the start of the season.

Benalla Bulldogs showed plenty of fight against top side Myrtleford on Sunday at the Friendlies Reserve.

The Doggies took it right up the Saints for three quarters thanks to the efforts of Blake Booker, Charlie Bull, Nathan Davies, Ethan Wright-Fry, Jack Fullager and Ethan Guy.

Trailing at three-quarter time by 21 points, the Bulldogs fell away in the final quarter to go down by 11 goals.

In under-14 matches, Giants were defeated by Wangaratta Magpies by 41 points after making a positive start.

A six-goal second quarter from the Magpies set up the victory, the Giants outscoring the home side in the second half of the match.

Tyler McGregor kicked two goals for the Giants.

Unfortunately no best players were loaded onto the system.

Benalla Bulldogs came up against a strong Myrtleford side in their round six match.

The Saints were too strong and skillful for the Bulldogs, who finished strongly kicking three goals in the final quarter.

Miller Gilchrist, Olivia Mole, Jaxon Pastuszka-McMahon, James Cooke and Tom Riley were the best players, while Joe Berry kicked two goals.

Under-12 teams Benalla Red and White fought hard against strong opposition at the weekend.

Red competed strongly against the top-placed Magpies, little separating the two sides at half-time.

The home side kicked three goals in the third quarter to one, to establish a match-winning lead.

Kyle Miller continued his great start to the season, while Xavier Wapling, Will Botten, Hamish Willett, Ryan Hopgood and Alex Cairncross all played great games.

Despite not kicking a goal, Benalla White fought hard against Myrtleford in a much better team performance.

Ryan Storer, Kyle Pearce, Connor Breheny, Sam Gates and Jaidyn Chee were the best players.

This weekend all teams have a general bye.