Goals hard to come by

May 04, 2017

Benalla's Willow Plex, Thomas Hill, Alex Dowe, Evan Dowe and goalie Ben Grundy fiercely defend their goal against Echuca in the under-15 game on Saturday.

Benalla Hockey Club’s teams struggled to make an impact against strong Mooroopna sides on the weekend.

In the under-13 Sixes game, the side put in a strong shift, but ultimately could not gain any momentum in the game, the final score a 10-0 loss.

Sarah Farley made some strong saves as goalie, with Eloise McDonald and Charlie Grimwade working well on the wings in their second game.

Umpire best and fairest votes went to Zoe Grundy, Alex White, and Eloise MacDonald.

In the under-15 match the team came close to scoring, but the scoreline in the under-13 match was replicated against Mooroopna, a 10-0 loss.

Benalla’s defence saved many goals under the Echuca onslaught, with Ben Grundy working hard as goalie, and Umpire best and fairest votes went to Evan Dowe, Alex Dowe, and Zoe Grundy.

In the B-women’s match, Benalla’s women fought hard in a grand final rematch on Saturday, with Echuca’s speed and accuracy besting Benalla 4-1.

Playing one short, Benalla’s teamwork was excellent, with some skilful plays between Livinya Dean, Siobhan Halligan and Chrissy Purcell seeing Purcell score a goal before half-time.

Umpire’s best and fairest votes went to Chrissy Purcell, Mel Gillies, and Livinya Dean.

Meanwhile the B-men’s side outscored Echuca in a fast and furious game in Shepparton on Saturday, winning 4-3.

Wings Shaun Findlow and Tyler Wright scored their first ever goals in a full-field game, with Rob Dean and Evan Dowe also scoring.

Goalie Perry Plex made some great saves against the relentless Echuca.

Umpire’s best and fairest votes went to Dave McIntyre, Marty Gillies, and Evan Dowe.

The junior sides play in Shepparton this Saturday, with the under-13 Sixers vs SYC Yellow at 10am and under-15s playing at 11am.

The seniors play in Benalla, with the B-Women at 2pm and B-Men at 3.30pm.

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