Benalla Saints go on their merry way

Nick Warnock

Nick Warnock

LADDER leader Benalla cruised to its second successive 100-plus point victory when it dismantled Mansfield in the Goulburn Valley league at Mansfield on Saturday.

Only a week after defeating Shepparton by 112 points, the Saints followed up with a 102-point demolition, with coach Luke Morgan doing his Morrison Medal hopes no harm by turning in a best afield performance.

Morgan dominated around the packs, with support coming from Lachie Smith who was outstanding at centre half-back with 15 marks.

Will and James Martiniello, Nick Warnock and Josh Mellington also ran riot as Benalla kicked 10 goals to one after half-time.

“Mansfield is a little off the pace and tried as hard as they could but I thought our efficiency was good,” Morgan said.

Benalla takes on a struggling Euroa and Seymour in the final two rounds of the home and away season.

Shepparton United and Shepparton Swans played a thrilling draw.

After making a slow start, seventh-placed United worked its way back into the match with the evergreen Tim Looby playing a starring role with six majors.

Rochester edged out Tatura, Mooroopna defeated Shepparton and Seymour accounted for Euroa.