Euroa’s rebuild on promising path with upset of Benalla

July 03, 2017

Kelly Hill was a standout in defence for Euroa in its victory against Benalla on Sarturday.

Euroa showed that much can change in a week.

After a disappointing loss to Mooroopna last week, the Magpies rebounded to record a stirring away victory against Benalla on Saturday.

Laura Emanuelli’s side was clearly the superior team, with shooter Deanne Tuppen again proving hard to stop.

Having stayed around the mark of many of the top six sides in the competition, Saturday’s win was one of Euroa’s most impressive since sneaking over the line against Shepparton Swans in round two.

Emanuelli said while Kelly Hill was another standout in defence, her side produced a well-rounded game.

‘‘We played consistently, which we haven’t done for a long time and we’re at that stage in rebuilding where everyone has to turn up to be able to win games,’’ she said.

As the Magpies worked to be seven goals ahead at the main break, they were able to continue putting pressure on the Saints.

‘‘It was really good, we knew that they’d come back, they’re that sort of team and I know that we haven’t been as consistent as we wanted to be (in the past), so it was good we could keep that momentum,’’ Emanuelli said.

Having produced its best game of the season gainst Shepparton United in round nine, Benalla could not stay in the contest for extended periods of play.

Entering in and out of the match, Saints coach Dylan Nexhip said starting a quarter in a blaze of glory only to drop off was not acceptable.

‘‘It was a pretty disappointing result really, we were behind from the start and not in front for any stage of the game,’’ he said.

‘‘We played the first five minutes of the quarter well, but we couldn’t string it together and increase the consistency.

‘‘We just go out there with the right intent and think we’ve ticked the box and think we can go back to playing however we want.’’

Benalla will be keen to rectify its mistakes this week with Mooroopna the next challenge.

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