Injuries continue to take a toll on Benalla as the Saints prepare to host Mooroopna tomorrow.
Reigning best-and-fairest winner Zac Pallpratt had his worst fears of an anterior cruciate ligament confirmed yesterday after injuring his knee against Euroa last Saturday.
‘‘I was only five metres away from him when he did it and it didn’t seem good,’’ Benalla playing coach Luke Morgan said.
‘‘It’s a huge shame, not only for him, but the footy club and his family after (older brother) Jake has gone through troubles with his knee.’’
Premiership captain Jimmy Martinello will join Pallpratt on the sidelines after injuring his calf last week and will miss at least four weeks.
Star forward Jarrod Bannister is still about two weeks away, but star Sam Martyn could return to bolster the midfield.
‘‘We’ve had a couple of midfielders go down, so it presents a good opportunity for guys like Chris Welsh and Pat Robinson to stand up,’’ Morgan said.
Benalla sits fifth on the ladder, with Seymour and Rochester also having seven wins for the season.
Mooroopna coach Dale Osborne said his side was looking to respond from a disappointing fadeout against Mansfield last Saturday, losing to the Eagles by 26 points.
‘‘We took the foot off the pedal and our players went back in their shells a bit after some things weren’t working, so it’s important we keep that pressure up,’’ Osborne said.
‘‘We want to close that gap on last time we played Benalla (in round one), we were reasonably close until three-quarter-time (before losing by 62 points).
‘‘We’ve had some really good games since then, so we’re hoping we can put in a good performance.’’
Ben Hicks is a chance to return, but Osborne said the Cats were looking to go in with a similar side that lined up against the Eagles.
High profile recruit Romain Grenville is starting to fire, coming off a bag of six goals last Saturday.
Mooroopna is still looking to add to its solitary win of the season, which came in round five against Shepparton Swans.