Key Saints step up in wins

July 22, 2017

The Saints have won two matches on the trot thanks to central players stepping up at crucial times.

Benalla breezed past Echuca 43-32 in what could prove to be a vital four pointer for the Saints.

With five matches now remaining in the Goulburn Valley Netball League, the Saints are not out of the woods yet, but are close to qualifying for the finals in the top six.

Saints head coach Dylan Nexhip said the match was a ‘‘tough, tight’’ one that saw his side pull away in the final quarter to take the four points.

‘‘Grace Thomas was a strong and steady option in the circle winning some very physical contests,’’ Nexhip said.

‘‘Tylah Marchbank took some phenomenal intercepts that lifted the momentum of the time at critical points of the game.’’

Nexhip said it was a ‘‘great job by the girls’’ when they needed a win and pulled a performance together.

Best players for the Saints were Grace Thomas, Tylah Marchbank and Grace Warnock.

The win lifts the side to third, with eight wins, four losses and a draw.

This weekend’s home court match against fifth-placed Shepparton Swans will test the side’s finals credentials.


The Saints played a physical and tough Echuca side, and it was neck and neck throughout the game.

Unfortunately the Saints made errors and allowed the Bombers to get a few goals ahead.

With that and a couple of tough calls going against the Saints the Bombers were able to take the four points.

Best players for the Saints were Hayley Martiniello, Kelsey Pallpratt and Chloe Hill.


After a strong first quarter from the Echuca side, the Saints made a great effort to slow down quick transitions in attack and force turnovers.

Defenders put in a good effort against two strong shooters.

Aspects of play by the girls were strong and the side will piece them together in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately the lead by Echuca was just to great to follow.

Best players were Milly Treacy, Georgia Thomson and Ashlea Rigg.


Benalla had redemption in mind against Echuca, after a poor performance at the last meeting.

The girls came out firing and used their height advantage in the circle.

Some lapses saw the Bombers close in on the lead, but the Saints’ determination saw them take away the win. Best players were Kelsey Rigg, Bridget Seiter and Kiera Murphy.

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