Sport

Promising signs

By Georgia Smith

Despite a strong first quarter by the Saints, the girls were unable to hang on when they took on Echuca at home on Saturday.

Echuca fought back strong to take out the game 40-64, a loss that Saints coach Pip O’Donoghue puts down to the girls’ performance in the third quarter.

‘‘We had one really bad quarter in the third and that was the difference in the end,’’ she said.

‘‘It was close after half-time but we need to work on our discipline.

‘‘If we had a better third quarter we might have been able to get under 10 goals with a top team, so that’s something the girls have to work on.’’

Some of the best players for the Saints included Kylie Relf, Grace Amarant and Kelsey Rigg who put away 22 goals for the day.

O’Donoghue said that despite the defeat the girls in goals showed some promising signs.

‘‘Our goaling combination worked really well together so that’s a positive to take away from the game,’’ she said.

No Saints players have been named in the Goulburn Valley League Interleague squad to take on the Ovens and Murray League in Yarrawonga on Saturday, May 19.

Instead the girls will enjoy a week away from the court.

‘‘There’s always one or two that you think maybe should have made the squad but that’s interleague and the girls are pretty focused on our own team,’’ O’Donoghue said.

‘‘It’s going to be a pretty chilled week and then we’ll catch up again on Thursday.’’

After returning from the bye round the Saints girls will be looking to take on the Shepparton Swans at Princess Park.

B-Grade

After an even competition in the first quarter, Echuca stormed away from the Saints to take the game 31-66. Best players for the Saints were Chelsea Walsh, Kate O’Donoghue and Molly Doidge. Mikayla Lessing scored six goals before falling to an ankle injury the end of the first quarter.

B-Reserve

After yet another extremely close first quarter by the Benalla girls and Echuca, the B-Reserve team couldn’t hold on. Pip O’Donoghue held strongly in goals with the help of Nikki Armstrong resulting a solid attacking end. Kate Robinson and Ella Howell also provided strong defence but eventually Echuca took the game 27-62. Best players for the Saints included Ranni Salan, Nikki Armstrong and Keira Murphy.

Under-17

Coming up against a top undefeated Echuca side the Benalla girls gave all they had. After coming back in the second and third quarters, the Saints unfortunately couldn’t get the win with the full-time score 31-53. Best players included Shae Skelton, Lauren Murphy and Macey Matthews.

Under-15

The under-15 girls put up a strong fight but Echuca proved to be too strong. Top players for the Saints included Ella Sheehan, Dominique Lee and Emily Guy. The final score 36-57.