Panthers dish out thrashing

July 22, 2017

Jack Ellis (pictured) booted nine goals in the Panthers 181-point thrashing of North Wangaratta on Saturday.

The Benalla All Blacks were merciless in demonstrating the vast chasm between top and bottom sides in the Ovens and King Football League.

The Panthers put 183 points on lowly North Wangaratta, while conceding no majors and just two behinds in the match.

The Hawks, a side without a win this season, rolled over within minutes of the first bounce and allowed the Panthers to dominate the match from the outset.

Panthers head coach Harry Moran said although the game was one-sided, he was pleased the side still focused on the tactical side of the match.

‘‘Our game plan was a big focus for us,’’ Moran said.

‘‘We kind of figured we wouldn’t get much opposition, so our execution had to be pretty good, and it was.

‘‘Bear in mind we didn’t have Riley (Moran), Chris Lockhart, Mick Donehue and Alex Rofe — they’re all still out (injured).

‘‘So we have still got a bit of our side sitting on the sidelines with monumental improvement still to come.’’

Moran said those players were putting in hard yards off the field to ensure when they return, they are as close to match fit as possible.

Top-of-the-ladder Tarrawingee did not miss a beat in winning at King Valley, meaning the Panthers remain in second place.

This weekend sees the Panthers host 11th-placed Bright at the Friendlies Oval, in a game that Moran said would not be as simple as it sounds.

‘‘Bright will give us a bigger fight this time,’’ he said.

‘‘They are a better side than last time we met them.

‘‘We won’t be disrespecting them and they still have quite a few elite players.

‘‘If we can contain them and we can execute the game plan, we will win.’’

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