Giants are on board at last

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla Giants’ Under-14 team opened its winning account for season 2019 with a stunning victory over Wangaratta Tigers on Saturday.

The Peter Woods-coached Giants led the match from start to finish to bank their first points of the season.

Talented first-year player Charlie Burfield kicked three goals in a best-on-ground performance as the Giants kicked away to a 59-point victory.

Seth Arnold, Nick Trethowan, Cooper Woods, Cooper Gracie and Flynn Weeks were the best players.

The Giants will be looking to make it two wins on the trot when they take on Centrals this weekend.

●The Wangaratta Tigers turned the tables in the Under-16 match, winning their first game for the season.

After an even first half, the Tigers kept the Giants to just two points in the second half of the match to steal the points.

Lochlan Boyle continued his great season with another best-on-ground performance, while Mitch Hooper, Jasper DeFazio, Will Tilton, Mitch Clark, and Hoby Tonks all played great games.

●Benalla Bulldogs made the journey to Bright on Saturday and came away with wins in the Under-14 and Under-16 matches.

In the Under-16s the Bulldogs were too strong for the home side, the final margin extending past 100 points.

With too many dangerous options forward, the Bulldogs enjoyed 45 shots on goal, registering a season-high 19 goals. Charlie Bull kicked five, while Jack Felmingham (3), Matt Priest (2) and Ben Cooke (2) were all dangerous.

Jack Fullager, Blake Booker, Charlie Bull, Matt Priest, Oscar Lilley and Jack Felmingham were the Doggies’ best.

The Bulldogs’ Under-14s won their fifth game for the season, with a 19 point victory over Bright.

Jumping out of the blocks, the Doggies kicked three goals in the first term while keeping the home side scoreless.

Riley Ely, Sam Begley, Joe Berry, Tom Riley, Miller Gilchrist and Lucas Hales were the Bulldogs’ best players in a strong team effort. Begley kicked three goals for the match.

●In Under-12 matches, Benalla White fought hard but couldn’t match it with the home side. Jaidyn Chee, Sam Gates, Alyssa Priest, Chelsea Edgar, Kyle Pearce and Robert Hoffman were the best players.

In a tightly contested match, Benalla Red kicked two second-half goals to defeat Wangaratta Tigers by just four points. Speedster James Martin, Xavier Wapling, James Ferguson, Rory Sammon, Hamish Willett and Kyle Miller were the team’s major contributors.