MISSING seven players out of your best side, down by 20 points at half time and up against an undefeated opponent meant little to Benalla All Blacks on Saturday as they charged home in the second half to defeat Tarrawingee by 13 points.
With key players in coach Harry Moran, Jack Ellis, Scott Docherty, Jayden Guppy, Joel Bate, Sam McGregor and Lochie Mayes all out for Saturday’s clash as well as the likes of Jack Doidge and Brody Jones, Moran knew his side was up against from the time his side walked in the gate at Tarrawingee Recreation Reserve.
Despite the visitors capturing an early one-point lead at quarter, the Bulldogs quickly switched their form around to take a 7.6 (48) to 4.4 (28) lead into the main break.
But Moran’s half time message was well received as his troops went onto kick 4.3 to 2.1 and get the three quarter time margin back to six points.
“I just wanted us to get back to the way we play; which is bold, fast footy,” Moran said.
“We went away from what we have put in place, midway through the second quarter Tarra were up by about 25 points and looked like they were about to blow us out of the park.