Snow melts as United controls the play

May 03, 2017

Benalla United will go into a bye week with a three-and-one record this season thanks to another victory on Saturday.

United played the Snow Road Saints at Friendlies Oval on Saturday, and after two good wins United was keen to keep its good form going.

United took control from the first bounce with Trav Cook kicking the first goal.

Jacob Roberts played well in his first game and United went into the first break 16 points clear of the visitors.

The home side continued to dominate in the second quarter with Josh Mazurak and Vaughn Kirk forcing the ball forward, but United’s kicking on goal was not as accurate as it had been in the first.

Dylan Norman was a rock in defence repelling Snow Road’s attacks and by the long break United had kicked 39 points and kept Snow Road scoreless.

Coming out of the sheds in the third quarter, Snow Road looked a different side and kicked three straight goals to put itself back in the match.

Dalton Espagne was hard at the ball while Shaun Pentreath racked up a number of possessions. United wrestled back control and went into the final break 41 points clear of Snow Road.

United continued to press in the final quarter and kept Snow Road to a single behind. The final score saw United 13.11.89 defeat Snow Road 3.1.19.

United is bonding into a strong team whose members look for each other, and it is becoming more difficult to single out good players as every player is contributing well.

From its humble beginnings last year to now having 22 players on its books, the future looks bright for United.

The side has the bye this week.

United 13.11.89 d Snow Road 3.1.19.

Best: V Kirk, W Ellis, D Norman, J Webster, S Pentreath, J Mazurak.

Goals: W Ellis 3, J Roberts 2, B Fulton 2, T Cook, C Holmes, T Maloney, D Bell, J Mazurak, V Kirk.

Suns shine at twilight

Meanwhile, Samaria Suns battled with the Murray Crays under lights in a twilight match for their first home game of season 2017.

The Suns under direction of playing coach Richard Bull got off to a good start, keeping the Crays to only two minors in the first quarter, despite the loss of two players with injury.

The Suns relished the conditions and dominated the first half. But the Murray Crays never gave up, playing tough, hard-hitting football and outscoring the Suns in the last quarter.

The Suns were not helped by another injury in the last quarter.

Coach Richard Bull said he was ‘‘happy with the result’’ seeing as a number of injuries occurred during the match, and the Suns saw a number of players make debuts for the side.

‘‘The Suns had a number of new players and it was great to see them gelling into the side.

‘‘We were lucky enough to be able to play them on the Benalla Saints’ ground in front of a home crowd, which was great,’’ Bull said.

The Suns make the long trek to Kerang this Sunday, May 7, to face the Kerang Rams.

Samaria Suns 14.6.90 d Murray Crays 9.6.60

Suns goals: Alistair Crook 3, Damium Cassidy, Ant Fobister, Steve Pickering, Peter Rigby 2, Shannon Willett, Neville Haynes, Richard Bull 1.

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