OKL | All Blacks, Bats add further depth to lists

By Liam Nash

The Ovens and King Football League has been stirred to life months out from the competitions opening, with the Benalla All Blacks putting pen to paper on two new signings for the 2020 season.

Signalling a push for a title after missing out on finals football in 2019, the All Blacks have brought across star small forward Alby Hill from Greta, where he snagged 89 goals to be crowned the reserve league’s golden boot last year.

Proving to be a lethal force from inside the 50 for the Blues, Hill will look to cause havoc in and around the pocket at Friendlies Oval. 

Benalla All Blacks clutches a Harley in Taylor-Lloyd

Joining Hill in the trenches for 2020 is Brian Morton, who will turn out in the black guernsey this year as a result of an exciting season for Glenrowan’s reserves in 2019.

Morton witnessed an exceptional year in Kelly Tigers colours, proving to be an integral member of the Glenrowan contingent after finishing up as the side’s third highest marksman with an impressive 18-goal season from the middle of the park.

Over at Goorambat, a couple of high-profile Goulburn Valley League talents have offered their services at the Bat Cave for 2020. 

Goorambat back on track and courts

Swapping Princess Park for Goorambat Recreational Reserve is Rob Staff, a dangerman who famously kicked 100 goals for Violet Town in 2017 and also scooped the Swans best and fairest award the following year.

Another signing which will undoubtedly bring a certain pedigree to the camp is Perry Knox, who returns to the Bats after plying his trade for the Benalla Saints in 2019.

An imposing figure known to bulldoze his way forward from the backline, Knox will hope to translate his experience at the higher level for Goorambat.

In addition to the signings, the recent re-commitment of Tom Ryan and Brock McCabe will bolster the roster further and should see the Bats pose a threat throughout the season.