Benalla junior footballers fight hard for V/Line

By Meg Saultry

A host of Benalla's junior football representatives descended upon Shepparton last week for the V/Line Cup, and while most of the matches were one sided affairs against the strength of the Next Generation Academies, a number of Benalla’s finest were instrumental to their teams efforts.

Ruck battle: Goulburn Murray's Madison Gray contests the ruck against Richmond next generation player Kalani Scoullar.

● In the boys competition, Charlie McCarthy, Ethan Guy and Colby Mathieson all lined up for the North East Border 2 team.

In their first game against Western Bulldogs NGA 2 on Wednesday - played at Deakin Reserve - NEB 2 lost 4.4 (28) to 13.16 (94) with McCarthy judged one of his team's best.

Backing up on theThursday for their second and final match of the week, NEB 2 were defeated by Richmond NGA Pioneers, 2 5.1 (31) to 15.13 (103).

Though NEB 2 were only 18 points down at half time, the Tigers kicked kicked eight unanswered goals in the second half to blow out the scores.

Mathieson was instrumental for the Border team, kicking two goals and finishing second best-on, with McCathry joining him in the best and Guy managing to snag a goal. 

A bag of Benalla junior footballers descend on V/Line Cup

● Lining up for North East Border girls team, Olivia Moll, Samantha Parker and Sophie Boyle worked hard in their two matches, but couldn't claim wins over Southern Stingrays and Richmond NGA Pioneers. On Monday, NEB went down by 66 points to the Stingrays, though Moll showed plenty to be named in the best.

And the vice-captain was again named in the best in NEB's 63 point loss to the Tigers on Thursday, capping off a strong individual carnival for the Benalla footballer.

Safe hands: Gouburn Murray's Isabella Symes takes a strong grab in the air.

● Benalla sisters Tayissa and Madison Gray banked strong performances for Goulburn Murray, though couldn't will their team to a win in the end.

Joining the Gray's were Benalla Saints teammates Isabella Symes, April Buka and Madison Cronin, with the GM team first going down to Richmond NGA Pioneers 2 by 82 points on Tuesday.

But it was a trio of Saints who led the way, with Tayissa named best on ground, while sister Madison, as well as Symes named among the best.

In the girls' second match, Goulburn Murray were again defeated by Geelong Cats Academy 0.1 (1) to 10.13 (73), with Tayissa and Madison judged second and third best respectively.