Benalla in double win as coach Luke Morgan re-appointed

BENALLA marked coach Luke Morgan’s re-appointment for another two seasons with a 112-point hiding of Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley league at Benalla on Saturday.

Morgan, who has the Saints sitting on top of the ladder after 15 successive wins, said he was happy to extend his contract.

“It’s good to have things sorted out,” Morgan said.

“Things are going well but we have a lot of work to do.”

Benalla’s victory equalled the club’s record winning streak in 1978.

Key forward Nick Warnock was outstanding with eight goals while Morgan had the ball on a string around the packs.

The victory was achieved without injured duo Lachie Smith and Will Martiniello, who should return for this weekend’s showdown against Mansfield.

“Our first half was a bit scratchy, which can sometimes happen when you are playing against a lower side, but we changed things around a bit after half-time and finished well,” Morgan said.

“We won a lot more of the ball and had 24 inside 50s in the last quarter. It was good to finish the game like that.”

In other matches, Shepparton United easily accounted for Echuca, Kyabram cruised home against Mansfield, Tatura edged out Euroa, Rochester defeated Mooroopna by 31 points and Shepparton Swans crushed Seymour.