Saints do us proud

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

A complete team performance ensured the Benalla Saints got across the line against Euroa on Saturday.

The Saints’ 41-69 away win against the Magpies was headlined by flawless performances from the majority of the Benalla team.

Playing coach Luke Morgan said he could have named ‘‘15 or 16’’ of his team in the best.

In the side of home-grown talent (21 player points for 21 players), 18 year-old Jamie Dunne has flown through the Saints’ ranks to be the club’s leading goal kicker.

Dunne booted a further three majors on Saturday, taking his tally for the season to 13 from four matches.

The only downside to the match was the news that the injured Aaron Blackburn would remain on the sidelines for at least the next month and a half, after a particularly nasty elbow dislocation against Kyabram the week before.

‘‘It was a really good performance for the boys, I thought even in round four that’s one of our best team performances,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘It was actually really tough to pick the better players. After a couple of really good performers in Sam Martyn and David Mennen, there was about 15 or 16 guys that could have been in the bests.’’

Euroa, which took out fourth pace in the normal season last year, was outplayed at their own ground by the Saints.

Morgan said standout performances from the majority of the side meant the Magpies fell away in the final quarter for the Saints to secure victory.

In particular he named Dunne as a huge improver.

‘‘He’s developing every week, and is one of those guys you love to coach because he just soaks up all the knowledge from around the ground. He’s got a good goal sense and a good pair of hands.

‘‘His growth has been exceptional in the first month of GV footy, and hopefully he continues to grow at that rate. You just don’t know how high he could go,’’ Morgan said.

Next up for the Saints is Mansfield, who sit sixth with two wins from four matches.

‘‘They’re a team that always has a red hot go in every match, no matter their position they’re always a strong outfit, and playing them over there they’ll be good, so we can’t be off at all, especially with our young list,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘Without the experience of older players if you don’t turn up it’s pretty easy to get thumped.’’