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A spectacular win

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July 14, 2017

The Benalla Saints wing attack Jess looks for a pass down court in her side's two-goal win over Mooroopna.

The Saints bounced back from a disappointing loss in round 11 to overcome the Mooroopna Cats at home by two goals.

A hip injury to Mooroopna teenager Paigan Impey in the third quarter saw an ambulance called and the game stopped for about 15 minutes.

Before the game was stopped, the Saints had trailed in each quarter. But head coach Dylan Nexhip said the break gave the side a chance to regroup and rethink their strategy.

The game resumed on a neighbouring court at the Benalla Showgrounds, and the Saints took control of the match.

Mooroopna was outscored eight goals to five in the final quarter and the Saints sealed the victory by a narrow two-goal margin with the final score 31-29.

Nexhip said it was a ‘‘spectacular’’ win for the Saints after recent results had gone the other way.

‘‘(We had) two tough losses in the last two rounds. Martine Rodger played very well under heavy pressure in the close final minutes.

‘‘Grace Amarant contested the ball all over the court, shutting down the Mooroopna wing attack. Tylah Marchbank worked really well with Bridget Hill in the defensive circle against some skilled shooters, job well done really,’’ he said.

Best on court for the Saints was Maxine Rodger as she worked hard to get into attacking positions and lose markers, followed by Grace Amarant and Tylah Marchbank.

It was an important result for the Saints in the grand scheme of their season, as it sees them rise up the Goulburn Valley Netball League ladder to fourth position.

This weekend’s action sees the Saints travel to Victoria Park to play eighth-placed Echuca. The last time the sides played in round two, the Saints stole the game in the last quarter, winning by three points.

Meanwhile in the under-17 match, the wet weather tested both teams, however it was the Saints that started the match better.

Benalla defeated Mooroopna 54-39. Best players for the Saints were Bridget Seiter, Kelsey Rigg and Alexandra Robinson.

In the B-reserves match, Mooroopna was the stronger side on the day. Benalla fought hard and the goalers worked well together.

But ultimately the Saints lost 25-32. Best players were Georgia Thompson, Sarah Murphy and Abbey Steegstra.

In the B-grade match, the side was able to take away the win this week after two disappointing losses.

Best players were Chloe Hill, Grace Warnock and Abbey Nexhip.

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