Bats’ fi­nals dream alive

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Gooram­bat’s top net­ball side clinched a cru­cial win on Satur­day, mak­ing a fi­nals berth ever more likely.

The 41-32 win in Bon­nie Doon came through de­ter­mi­na­tion and de­fen­sive pres­sure from the Bats.

Both teams played hard, with nei­ther will­ing to give up the op­por­tu­nity to play fi­nals.

De­fen­sive pres­sure made it hard for ei­ther side to cap­i­talise on turnovers.

The Bombers came out strong and outscored Gooram­bat 12 goals to eight in the first quar­ter.

Kylie Relf and Brit­tany But­ton swapped roles for the sec­ond quar­ter and to­gether they put on 10 goals.

The side pa­tiently built its lead and a strong last quar­ter saw it run out the win­ner by nine goals.

Gooram­bat is sit­ting fifth on the lad­der, four points clear of Bright, who it plays this week­end for the fi­nal play-off spot.

Awards went to Kate Symes, Elise Nolan and Ally El­lis.

Goals were scored by But­ton (26) and Relf (15).

In the B-grade match, the Bats notched an 11-point win thanks to sharp shoot­ing from Chelsea Bam­ford.

Bam­ford shot 31 goals in the 52-41 win, in a game where the Bats were back to full strength, de­spite a few nig­gling in­juries.

Awards for the Bats went to Bam­ford, Gor­gia Spinks, and Ge­or­gia Hooper. Goals were scored by Bam­ford, Carly Ho­gan (12) and Emily Rice (9).

The B-re­serve side fell 17 goals short of a re­sult away against the Bombers.

While things did not go the way of the Bats in the first and sec­ond stan­zas, they fought back in the sec­ond half, but in the end lost 32-49.

Awards for the Bats went to Kate Nolan, Nina Gar­diner, and Emma Bo­man. Goals were scored by Court­ney McLeod (17) and Nolan (15).

In the C-grade match the Bats could not reel in the Bombers’ lead, los­ing by 11.

The 40-51 loss came from missed op­por­tu­ni­ties in the at­tack­ing third, while Bon­nie Doon made the most of theirs.

The last term was even, with the Bats shoot­ing 12 goals to the Bombers’ 14.

The Bats sit fourth, ahead of this week­end’s op­po­nent Bright.

Awards for the Bats went to Han­nah Ely, El­lie Cul­hane and Emily Hout­tuin. Goals were scored by Ely (22) and Mad­di­son Woods (18).

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