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Saints celebrate

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May 17, 2018

The Saints showing their strength in their win at home against Echuca.

Saints players gave it their all when they hosted Echuca on Saturday.

The Saints celebrated a win on Saturday when they hosted Echuca at home, taking out the game 11.6-72 to 5.13-43 in tricky windy conditions.

After a tight first half the Saints were able step up for the final two quarters, an effort that playing coach Luke Morgan credits to his forward and backlines.

‘‘During the second half our pressure increased and we were able to beat them on speed and get good contact on the ball,’’ he said.

‘‘Our backline was great and our forward line worked really well together.’’

Some of the best for the Saints included Sam Martyn, Luke Morgan, Thomas Bennett, Jamie Dunne, Wade King and David Mennen.

After a close first quarter with Echuca, Morgan said the Saints had to do some reshuffling to get themselves in a better position.

‘‘Obviously it’s a different side every week and we had some structures in place for Echuca; in the first quarter they weren’t working so we reshuffled and that worked really well,’’ he said.

Benalla are currently sitting in second position on the ladder, just under an undefeated Kyabram side.

Despite the good start to the season for the Saints, Morgan said there’s still a long way to go.

‘‘It’s a good start but it’s just a start and there are still 12 rounds to be played,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re focused on getting to finals and hopefully deeper but there’s still a lot of footy to be played.’’

With the Goulburn Valley League to take on the Ballarat FNL this weekend for an Interleague match, most of the Saints side will be looking to freshen up with a week off.

Six players from the Benalla Saints have been named in the 33-man Interleague training squad including Luke Morgan, Sam Martyn, Nick Warnock, Thomas Bennett, James Martyn and David Mennan.

Morgan, who has also been named the GVL interleague side coach, said he’s happy with how the Interleague side is shaping up.

‘‘It’s coming together and the final team will be finalised on Wednesday, but I’m happy with how it’s coming along,’’ he said.

For many players the Interleague game will be the opportunity of a lifetime, getting to showcase their skills on the hallowed turf of the MCG.

‘‘Playing on the main ground is going to be a great experience for the boys, there’s not a lot of opportunities to do it so they’re looking to grab it with both hands,’’ said Morgan.

‘‘It is still an interleague match though and we’re looking to come up against the best so I’m still stressing to the players the importance of learning and developing from the experience.’’

The Interleague match will be played at the MCG on Saturday May 19.

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