Another loss hurts Bats going in to elimination final
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