Bats seal last fi­nals spot with vic­tory

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

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.

B-grade

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.

B-re­serve

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.

C-grade

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.

Un­der-15s

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).

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