The Benalla All Blacks and Benalla United played their first games of the season on the weekend — one side happier than the other.
The All Blacks took on North Wangaratta in their season opener on Saturday.
With strong forward play the quarter-time break score saw the All Blacks 4-4-28 to North 0-4-4.
From there the All Blacks continued their dominance, piling on goals to overcome North, 20-17-137 to Wangaratta’s 6-12-48.
All Black’s best players on the day were A. Jacka, R. Moran, S. MacGregor, and B. Jones.
Next game sees All Blacks travel to Bonnie Doon on Good Friday for what is sure to be a good game of footy.
Meanwhile, Benalla United was savaged by the Londigran Bulls on Saturday, losing by nearly 100 points.
United travelled to Tarrawingee to face the Bulls, and by the end of the first quarter, were only behind by eight points.
But the Bulls, the side that halted United’s run to the grand final last season, continued to widen the gap between the sides as the game went on — by half-time the gap was 20.
In the second term Will Ellis was winning in the ruck but the Bulls were winning the centre breaks. Dylan Norman was also holding strong in defence.
By the third term the Bulls had taken the game by the horns, controlling the play.
United’s new captain Jack Connor was doing his best to keep the away side in the game, winning the ball in close then using it well on the outside under pressure.
Backline players James Webster and Zac Cook also did their bit to stop the Bulls run rampant through United,
But at three-quarter time United was 59 points down.
In a poor last quarter United were held goalless while the Bulls piled on eight unanswered goals, and put the game beyond all doubt.
The final score was Bulls 21-19-145, defeated United 7-8-50.
United has a bye this Saturday, giving them much-needed time to work on their game plan before the next game on Easter Saturday.
United best: J Connor, W Ellis, J Webster, Z Cook, V Kirk, N Holmes.