THE Murray Bombers were forced to land at Benalla on Sunday as the Saints ran out 17-point victors in women’s football.
Squandered set shots in front of goal proved costly for the away side, as the Saints defended their fortress at the Showgrounds.
From Echuca’s 10 scoring shots in the first half, only two were converted into majors and the Saints held a four-point lead at the long break.
Echuca coach Mick McInnes said it was a great game to be involved in, but the Saints were the better side on the day.
‘‘It was even all day and hard fought as well,’’ he said.
‘‘It was back and forth and plenty of hard ball contested. And in the end they just took their chances.
‘‘There were a few they probably should have kicked, and a few set shots we missed. We’ve since had some goal kicking practice at training,’’ he said.
The side now looks forward to facing new side to the Northern Country Women’s League, Nathalia on Sunday.
‘‘This is their first year, I haven’t seen them and they haven’t won any games, but you never know with a new side.
‘‘Nothing new in training this week, we’ll just be working on our set structures — just the basic same stuff,’’ McInnes said.
Benalla Saints 2.2, 4.2, 5.3, 7.5 (47)
Echuca 0.4, 2.8, 3.10, 3.12 (30)
Goals: B. Button 2, D. Beckley 2, K. Piscioneri, C. Tregoning, V. Payne.
Best: A. Reid, K. Relf, B. Button, A. Ballard, G. Spinks, J. Ritchie.
Goals: S. Douglas, J. Lake, S. Beach.
Best: F. Lieschke, J. Pitts, L. Thompson, K. Mundie, A. Glanville, E. Delahunty.