The Bats’ reserves side was undone by a far superior King Valley side on Saturday.
In a stronger performance than last week from the reserves boys, the scoreboard did not reflect the endeavour the boys showed on the ground.
It was a cold and wet day, making the ball hard to handle for both sides.
With coach Brenton Doig back in the team he led by example on how to win the hard ball.
As there are a lot of new players in the team this season with many having not played for some time it will take time for the team to settle.
Goorambat 0.0, 0.0, 0.1, 1.1 (7)
King Valley 4.5, 9.11, 14.19, 20.26 (146)
Best: Luke Hernan, Dylan Bell, Sean McDonald, Lee Inglis, Trevor Taylor and Dylan Norman.
Goals: Philip Robinson.
In round two of the football, our thirds played with great intent to go down by less than three goals.
Our reserves went down by an agonising two points for the second week in a row.
The seniors recorded our only win for the day with a 39-point win over United, in a solid performance.
Round three we host Kyabram at home, early weather forecasts point to a great day for watching the football and netball.
We would also like to welcome a number of past reserves footballers back to the club for a 20-year reunion.
After the day’s matches we will be hosting our 2018 Player Auction and a goods and services auction in the Redgum Room, all welcome.
Shepparton United 1.5, 2.6, 2.8, 4.10 (34)
Benalla 0.1, 2.4, 4.5, 4.8 (32)
Best: D. Bardenhagen, B. Uebergang, D. Nichols, C. Relf, J. Frampton, T. Feehan.
Goals: C. Symes 3, B. Wylie
Benalla All Blacks
The second round of O&KFL was going to be a real test for the All Blacks.
With some late changes and some welcome returns All Blacks needed to settle quickly.
Milawa, after a thumping win in the first round, was favoured to continue their efforts to become a dominant team in the competition.
In wintry conditions Milawa was first to score with the aid of a strong breeze.
However, All Blacks quickly gained their composure and responded.
Both sides were playing fine footy in the slippery but manageable conditions.
The closing minutes of the first quarter saw All Blacks show great poise and effort to use the ball well and create forward pressure to kick two quick goals and take a ten point lead to the quarter’s end.
Wintry conditions for the start of the second quarter made effective footy difficult, but perseverance was rewarded with a long goal and All Blacks extended their lead.
Then winter turned to torrential rain and both teams needed to find players to take the conditions and the close fierce effort required to win the footy.
All Blacks had contributors all over the ground in a really physical contest and kept Milawa goalless for the quarter.
The heavy conditions made effort and grit more important than skill, in a hard slogging quarter of footy, All Blacks took a 25-point lead into the last quarter.
The high work rate of the All Blacks continued and continually tackled and chased their opponents to again hold the strong Milawa side goalless for the last quarter.
At the final siren All Blacks had finished with a gutsy, solid win against highly fancied opposition.
Benalla All Blacks 1.3, 2.3. 3.4, 3.7 (25)
Milawa 3.0, 6.5, 10.7, 13.7 (85)
Goals: R. Pentreath, Z. Cooke, B. Smith.
Best: S. Pentreath, R. Pentreath, B. Smith, Z. Cooke, D. Lee, T. Ryan.