Round 13 Match Preview: Echuca V Benalla
Echuca will be looking to back up its most important win of the season last weekend by accounting for finals bound Benalla.
Not only did the Murray Bombers rebound after a disappointing game against Kyabram, they gained some revenge over a Euroa team who ran them off the park on Easter Saturday.
The Murray Bombers would have gained a huge amount of confidence from the win over the Magpies on the road, but coach Andrew Briggs knows that amounts to nothing if they can’t win today.
Benalla is missing some key players through injury, but the likes of Christopher Welsh, Charlie Morrison, James Marchbank, Luke Morgan, James Martyn and Patrick Robinson stood tall in the last quarter last weekend when the game was on the line.
For the Murray Bombers, Simon Buckley, Kane Morris, Bart Phillips, Tyler Phillips, Ruory Kirkby (four goals) and Amos Farrell were outstanding four quarter performers last week.
Echuca will be desperate to avoid a third straight loss when it welcomes Benalla today.
The Saints scored an important victory over Mooroopna to help it climb up the ladder and protect its status inside the top six.
Hannah Austin has been a fantastic inclusion this year to the Saints team and she has played every game this year.
Lisa Drysdale has been equally as good for Echuca after joining the Murray Bombers at the start of the year.
This is another of those eight point games and a win for the Saints will cement their place inside the top six while a loss will make it hard for the Murray Bombers to play finals.