Bats drop to fifth after loss
Goorambat was beaten by lowly Bonnie Doon after leading for three quarters of the game.
The 61-65 loss away at Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve on Saturday was the Bats’ sixth of the season, and the side’s third in four weeks.
The Bats dominated play in the first two quarters and went into the long break with a 21-point lead. Cam Symes kicked three goals, taking his season tally to 59 in 14 games.
But Bonnie Doon restricted the away side to eight points in the third term, while booting three goals and four behinds of its own, to reduce the deficit to seven.
The home side wanted the win more, and it showed as the Bats could not halt the Bombers from booting three more goals in the last quarter while kicking one goal and two points themselves.
The loss sees the Bats drop to fifth in the Ovens and King Football League with one match remaining.
That match is away against 11th-placed Bright. If the Bats lose, the side could finish in sixth, but could also overtake fourthplaced Milawa with a big win this weekend.
The first bounce is at 2.15 pm at Bright Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
In the reserves match, a 15-man Bats side was comprehensively beaten away by the Bombers.
The 93-point deficit sees the Bats remain rock bottom of the reserves league with one win in 17 matches this season.
The under-manned side had a tough day, starting strongly and keeping the opposition to three goals at quarter-time.
After that though, the hosts got on top, putting six goals, seven points on the board, with Goorambat managing a point for the quarter.
The third was Goorambat’s best, outscoring its opposition by a point, but Bonnie Doon ran away with an easy win. Mark Drage booted two goals and won best on ground for the side, while Patty Heaney, Lee Wallace, Brenton Doig, Trevor Taylor, and Matt Armstrong were also among the best for the Bats.