A-grade endures tough contest

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla All Blacks sit ninth in the Ovens and King Netball League ladder after two consecutive losses in the opening rounds.

The club has won just four of its last 38 competitive matches in the league, a record that stretches back to 2016.

Saturday’s match against Milawa was no exception.

A 23-50 loss is the most recent in a poor run of form.

Milawa started and finished the game the stronger side, putting 17 goals through in the first quarter, despite severe weather conditions.

The home side strung together eight goals in the final stanza, saving the best for last, but it was not enough to make a dent into Milawa’s commanding lead.

The Panthers’ best on the day were wing attack Elyse Felstead, centre Narissa Drane and goal shooter Alara Jones.

Saturday will see the Panthers take on Glenrowan away from home at the Glenrowan Recreational Reserve at 2.15pm.

It could be a way back into the season for the struggling Panthers — as Glenrowan has had an equally torrid start to its year.

An 80-12 defeat at the hands of Tarrawingee on Saturday has seen the Kelly Tigers also remain on zero points from its opening two fixtures.

All Blacks netball co-ordinator Sarah Kilpatrick could not be reached for comment by The Ensign.