Come out firing

June 30, 2017

Benalla playing coach Luke Morgan (right) will be pushing his charges to turn around their fortunes tomorrow against Euroa after last week's loss to Kyabram.

A chance to move into the top two is on the line for Benalla against Euroa.

A win for the Saints would bring Luke Morgan’s side onto equal points with Euroa, who narrowly have second spot from Shepparton.

The Saints are looking to rebound from last week’s loss to Kyabram as a slow start had the side 33 points down at quarter-time.

But Morgan said it was just an anomaly and he was confident it would be rectified at Benalla Showgrounds tomorrow.

‘‘Last week was disappointing, but we prepped well for it, it was a poor start, but we’ve gone over the game and we gifted Kyabram almost an eight-goal head start in the first quarter and after that we competed quite well,’’ he said.

Giving Euroa a start will be just as crushing to the side’s chances, with the Magpies only continuing to build.

Both teams regain stars from suspension with the inclusion of James Martyn back into the line-up for Benalla having served his two weeks after striking Seymour’s Zavier McMahon.

Trent Storer is back into the Magpies’ senior side after spending a week in the reserves, which coach JD Hayes said was mandatory for players returning from suspension.

Storer already missed a key match against Kyabram following a skirmish against Shepparton United in round eight where he was booked for attempted striking.

Hayes headlines a Euroa midfield that has Morgan looking to lock down the ball in the forward line, with the Magpies efficiently transitioning the ball into attack.

‘‘He’s (Hayes) in good form isn’t he, he’s a skillful player and in the midfield he’s probably very damaging, but he’s probably not the only player, he’s just one,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘Euroa’s speed of ball movement is a feature of the game we’re looking at and hoping to stop.’’

Hayes said that was where his side’s strength lied and was just looking to continue to fine-tune the side’s transition in the second half of the season.

‘‘We bring that intensity and aggression and intensity to the contest and the way we move our ball from the back line to the forward line (will win us the game), we can get the ball into the forward line, but we’re working on our efficiency to convert inside 50s,’’ Hayes said.

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