Bats seal last finals spot with victory
Goorambat sealed fifth place in style on Saturday with a 12-goal win over Bright.
Both sides were vying for a finals spot, and with Whorouly and Bonnie Doon hot on their heels, it was a must-win for both.
Bats attackers Brittany Button (22 goals) and Kylie Relf (20) once again inflicted damage to the scoreboard and Bright’s chances of the win.
But head coach Mandy Nelson said it was skipper Olivia Wolff and centre Catherine Masters who stepped up to seal the Bats’ win.
‘‘Catherine Masters is the quiet achiever of the team, who worked tirelessly in centre all game,’’ Nelson said.
‘‘Her experience in the position really showed this week as she played a vital role.’’
This weekend sees the first elimination finals played, as Tarrawingee host the Bats in the fifthsixth play-off for a spot in the semi-finals.
Awards went to Masters, Wolff and goal keeper Elise Nolan.
The Bats fell 14 goals short of Bright’s total on Saturday, confirming their status in eighth place.
The 45-59 loss was down to Bright goalers’ accuracy under the hoop, while the Bats’ attackers lacked aim.
Gorgia Spinks showed how much she has improved over the season as she played hard in defence and gained some much-needed turnovers.
Goals were scored by Chelsea Bamford (19), Carli Hogan (17) and Emily Rice (9). Awards went to Hogan, Spinks and Rice.
The Bats secured their fourth win of the season on the final day over Bright.
The 35-31 win came from the away side’s contributions across the court, keeping errors to a minimum.
Goals were scored by Courtney McLeod (19) and Kate Nolan (16). Awards went to Emma Boman, Nolan and McLeod.
The Bats recorded a 49-31 victory, leading the whole match against Bright.
Goals went to Hannah Ely (25) and Maddison Woods (24).
Best-on-court awards went to Ely, Kirsten Hooper and Taylah Grubissa.
The young girls were beaten 11-36 by a higher-placed Bright.
Bright was accurate with eight goals in the first, then extended its lead throughout the game.
Goals went to Haylea Smith (6), Hannah McIntosh (3) and Bridie Horsburgh (2).