Positive despite loss

By Georgia Smith

The Saints girls have fallen to their 11th loss of the season at the hands of Seymour.

The Lions came out firing and snatched the game at home, 44-15.

Benalla coach Pip O’Donoghue said it was not about winning or losing for the Saints at this stage of the season, but rather whether they were able to put their structures into play.

‘‘It’s a matter of what we work on at training and being able to put that into practice on game day,’’ O’Donoghue said.

‘‘We remained positive on the court throughout the game regardless of the score and our work rate didn’t drop.’’

The Saints have pulled a new recruit on board in Ellie Gleeson, who’s added an extra level of diversity to the team.

Playing mainly in the mid court, Gleeson has also been praised by coach O’Donoghue for her ability to be moved anywhere around the court.

The Saints are now looking towards the weekend off for the bye round.

Changing things up a bit, the girls are set to train with the Benalla footballers this week.

Coming back from the bye, Benalla will have another tough test against Shepparton United.

‘‘They’re all tough games and no game is really that easy,’’ O’Donoghue said.

‘‘Now playing the teams a second time it’ll be good to see where the girls have improved and hopefully we can improve on our score from last time.’’

The last time Benalla came up against Shepparton United was in round two, where the Saints went down 50-22 away from home.

Whilst finals don’t appear to be on the Benalla girls’ radar, the Saints’ new team is showing positive signs of gelling together.

The girls’ next game will be played at the Benalla Showgrounds on Saturday, July 14 against Shepparton United.