Benalla has match won by quarter time

Kevin Bott

STRONG CHALLENGE: Senior player Zac Gleeson (right) tackles his Benalla opponent at the Euroa Memorial Oval on Saturday. PHOTO: Clair Dobie

ON an almost perfect late August afternoon, Euroa took to the Memorial Oval for their last home game of 2014 to do battle with the top of the table Benalla Saints.

In what was an ominous sign for the afternoon, the visitors controlled the opening clinches and had registered four goals in the first eight minutes of action to show why they have taken all before them so far this year.

With the Magpies struggling to get the ball forward, Gus Varley was rewarded for his stoic efforts in defence with a couple of back to back 50 metre penalties to set him up for the one and only home team major of the quarter to see the margin out to 39 points at the first break.

The second quarter followed the same script as the first with the Saints pouring on the pressure with hard running and precise kicking leaving the Magpies floundering in what was to become a 10 goal 3 behind to nil quarter.

With the margin a whopping 102 points at the long break, there were very few positives that could come from the first hour of footy for the Pies and it was simply a case of trying to mount some sort of challenge in the second half.

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