The All Blacks pulled up their socks and got on with things on Saturday.
The club was almost unrecognisable, turning its home ground into a sea of blue as the football and netball players donned bright blue socks in support of the Sockit2MND fundraiser round, one week after the AFL hosted the Big Freeze for MND at the MCG.
The Panthers not only walked away winners on the field but also raised $1500 for the cause.
Senior coach Harry Moran said the club was very happy to be able to support the initiative.
‘‘It was a fantastic turnout and everyone that came along chose to support the MND day,’’ Moran said.
The knee-high socks couldn’t have come at a better time, with weather conditions freezing at the weekend.
A good start by the Panthers saw them run the game away from Moyhu convincingly, 27.12 (174) to 5.3 (33).
Trent Chapman couldn’t be stopped by Moyhu’s defence, and sent through a whopping 11 goals for the day.
The return of Sam Newton and Kyle Collisson from injury also aided the Panthers in their victory.
More injured players from earlier rounds are set to make an appearance in the side in the coming weeks.
‘‘It’ll be good to get blokes back over the next few weeks to play out the last half of the season,’’ Moran said.
The All Blacks are still stuck to the top of the Ovens and King senior ladder, tied on points with second-placed Tarrawingee.
Their next task will be against an in-form King Valley side, which has only dropped two games this season.
King Valley is coming off the back of a loss to Milawa and will be looking to rectify things against the Panthers this weekend.
‘‘That’ll be a massive test for us and we’re looking forward to the challenge,’’ Moran said.
The game will be played at Whitfield Recreation Reserve on Saturday, kicking off at 2.15pm.
The inspiring Panthers reserves took Moyhu to task at the Friendlies on Saturday, showing little mercy for their opposition and great desperation for the ball across the field.
With Scott Nicholson giving first use of the ball to the likes of Jackson Hourigan, Jeremy Mansfield and Ryan Pentreath plus a host of other solid contributors across to paddock, it allowed the team to apply constant pressure on their opposition.
The All Blacks ran out comfortable winners by 81 points.
Scores: Benalla All Blacks 16-16-112 defeated Moyhu 4-7-3.
Best: S. Nicholson, Jeremy Mansfield, B. Goodwin, S. Pentreath, J Hourigan, R. Pentreath.