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Relief for Devils, Bennett

Corio co-coach Joel Bennett. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

CORIO co-coach Joel Bennett has labelled Saturday’s victory over Anakie as a “monkey off the back” for the club.

Winless since beating the Roos on May 22 last year, the Devils claimed a 15-point win, highlighted by an equal career-high six goals from Bennett himself.

“It was pretty relieving,” Bennett said when the siren went.

“As soon as the siren went, B.J. O’Toole was about five metres in front of me, (and) we went straight to each other and gave each other a hug.

“Then the boys got around each other.

“It’s a monkey off the back for all the boys.”


Bennett hailed the performance of veteran ruck Mark Stewart.

Trailing by six points at half-time, the 49-year-old, playing his 150th game for the club, was swung into the ruck.

“Him and Toby (Bennett) in the middle, they really did turn the game for us,” Bennett said.

“Stewy got his hands to the ball a lot, and I reckon Toby got about five clearances in a row.

“At half-time, we gave the boys a bit of a bake because we weren’t too happy with the way our second quarter went.

“Those two really stood up, I thought, in the second half.”


Starting with Winchelsea this week, Bennett says consistency will be a key focus with seven games remaining in the season.

“Our footy is building; we do play some good footy at times,” he said.

“But, it’s putting it over the four quarters. Or even in a quarter, doing it for the whole quarter.

“Not having five-minute lapses where we get 2-3 goals kicked on us, and we lose our way a little bit from there.

“It’s really about getting that consistency into our game.”

Corio should be boosted by the return of Jackson Doyle and Dale Peters for the meeting with the Blues at Eastern Reserve after they were sidelined with COVID-19.

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