Bats drop to fifth af­ter loss

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

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.

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