An­other loss hurts Bats go­ing in to elim­i­na­tion fi­nal

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Gooram­bat limped to its fifth loss of the sea­son on Satur­day, but re­tained its play-off spot.

The Bats’ dis­ap­point­ing 35-66 loss to eighth-placed Bon­nie Doon was the side’s fourth in its past five games, and does not bode well for the week­end’s elim­i­na­tion play-offs.

Al­low­ing the home side to kick three straight goals in the first quar­ter was the Bats’ first blem­ish.

The away side booted two be­hinds, to see them 18 be­hind at the first break.

The away side fought back into the match un­til Bright kicked five goals in the last quar­ter to seal the win. Tar­rawingee, 68 points, Be­nalla All Blacks, 64, Glen­rowan, 60, Mi­lawa, 48, Gooram­bat, 44, Moyhu, 40, 322% 215% 183% 146% 96% 101%

Bats hero this sea­son Sam Glad­stone was again a stand­out, play­ing a strong game. Shayne McKean was also a strong per­former, boot­ing a goal on the way.

This week­end sees the Bats travel to Mi­lawa in the sec­ond elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

The Bats must win if they hope to reach the semi-fi­nals.

The first bounce is on Sun­day at 2.15 pm at Mi­lawa Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

The re­serves also fell to Bright, by a mam­moth 144 points.

The 21-165 loss was the side’s 17th of the sea­son, and seals their fate out­side the play-offs.

Shayne McKean, Cam Symes, James Dalton, Lane Wal­lace, Liam Her­nan. Bats best: Sam Glad­stone, Travers Nolan, James Dalton, Liam Her­nan, Andy El­lis, Brett Pollard.

In­juries in the se­nior side meant the re­serves have been with­out key play­ers in most games this year.

Daniel Hooper and Sean Mc­Don­ald have kept the side to­gether in what has been a tough sea­son for the club.

Best play­ers for the Bats were Mark Drage, Lane Wal­lace, Daniel Hooper, John House, Leigh Inglis, and Bren­ton Doig.

Goals were scored by Wal­lace 2, and Drage. Brent

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