The Benalla All Blacks secured their second win of the season in a tight clash with Glenrowan.
The 37-30 win over the ninth-placed Tigers was a morale-booster for the side, which fought for every goal.
The match was tightly contested and defensive, with both teams fighting to shut down the other’s attacks.
Once again, goal shooter Alara Jones (18) and goal attack Morgan Nunan (19) shot all of Benalla’s goals.
Defensively, goal keeper Elyse Falstead put in a best-on-court performance to shut down numerous Tigers attacks and transition the ball back into the Panthers’ attacking third.
Panthers coach Donna Willcock said Glenrowan’s mid-court pressure made it difficult for the side to get play into the goal third.
‘‘The girls had to work to find our shooters. (Jones) and (Nunan) combined well together in the first half of the game, opening up the circle by holding and screening their defensive players to provide options for Kirsty (Eastwood) and Emma (Sangster),’’ she said.
At half-time, Joanne Toms replaced Eastwood to make her first appearance for the club this year.
Meanwhile in the B-grade match, the Panthers were toppled by the Tigers by 21 goals.
The side went down 23-44 and was short of players through injury, but kept pace with Glenrowan in the final half.
Best on court for the Panthers were Chloe Gunn, Sarah Terry and Melanie Reaper.
In the B-reserve match, the home side lost momentum after the first quarter and lost by 18 goals.
The 15-33 loss came after the Panthers went shot for shot with the Tigers in the first quarter.
By the third quarter the weather had worsened and the side struggled with handling and turnovers.
Best on court for the home side were Samantha Palmer, Benazeer French and Sarah Kilpatrick.
In the under-17s match, the side was undone by top of the ladder Glenrowan, 15-64.
Awards for best on court went to Jessica Blaine, Zoe Barber and Jessica Stocker.
Meanwhile, the Panthers came out on top in the under-15s match, thanks to strong shooting from Aneiki Pierce.
The 26-9 win was due to sharp shooting from the goal attack, plus eight goals from Grace Morrison and six from Phoebe Howard.
Awards went to Pierce, Howard and Holly Morrison.