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Saints on march

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June 23, 2017

Benalla was one of only two teams to defeat Kyabram last year and has full belief it can achieve the same feat tomorrow.

If last week’s performance is any indication, the Saints can come close after toppling Shepparton United.

Following a slow start to the season, Dylan Nexhip said the win indicated the side was starting to return to its best form.

Although having won six games this season, the match against the Demons was the first time the Saints showed consistency.

‘‘We’re going in with plenty of confidence, which is good coming off our best win of the season,’’ Nexhip said.

Benalla announced its intentions last year after defeating Kyabram in the penultimate round of the home-and-away season and Nexhip said memories of that win would help his side.

‘‘It’s in the back of our minds, we’ve got a pretty similar team to last year and we managed to knock them off, but that still plays in the back of the mind and also in theirs, which could be extra motivation,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve developed a pretty good game plan against Ky, but there’s still a long way to go.’’

But if Nexhip’s side hit its straps last week, the midway point of the season was just as beneficial for the Bombers.

Belinda Lees has not been completely satisfied with her undefeated side’s performance, but last week it piled on its highest tally of the season against Euroa.

In scoring 79 goals, Elle Groves starred and the interleague pairing of her and Belinda Lees will again be at the fore.

The thrashing of the Magpies only served to further show the Bombers’ attacking prowess, with the side on track to surpass the 798 goals they posted during the home-and-away season last year.

But Benalla’s attacking circle will been bolstered tomorrow as towering shooter Grace Thomas returns, relegating under-17 star Kelsey Rigg to the A-grade bench having been prolific in her debut last week.

Thomas’ usual shooting partner in Martine Rodger will return to netball via B-grade after five weeks off with a finger injury.

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