Coach proud of play­ers’ ef­forts

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Gooram­bat’s net­ballers have bowed out of the Ovens and King Net­ball League af­ter a close-fought loss to Tar­rawingee.

The Bats’ A-grade elim­i­na­tion final was in the bal­ance un­til the final quar­ter when higher-ranked Tar­rawingee’s lead ran out to 10 goals.

Bats head coach Mandy Nel­son said the 35-45 re­sult was not the one the team wanted, but she was proud of them none­the­less.

‘‘They played hard for the en­tire game and never gave up,’’ Nel­son said.

‘‘The de­fen­sive pres­sure earned them a num­ber of turnovers dur­ing the game, but they were un­able to con­vert these onto the score­board.

‘‘The girls should be proud of what they have achieved this year. De­spite the loss to­day, it has been an im­pres­sive sea­son as ev­ery player has im­proved their in­di­vid­ual game.’’

Brit­tany But­ton (23) and Kylie Relf (12) scored the Bats’ goals, while Kate Symes, Ally Ellis and Relf were named the team’s best on court.

In the C-grade elim­i­na­tion against Bright the young side recorded a nar­row two-goal vic­tory.

Com­ing from be­hind to win the match, the Bats’ 35-33 win sees them progress to the semi-fi­nals against King Val­ley United on Saturday.

The final quar­ter of the Bright match saw goal de­fend­ers El­lie Cul­hane and Kirsten Hooper com­bine well to­gether to en­sure a Bats vic­tory.

From be­ing seven goals down at half-time to go on to win by two was pleas­ing for coach and A-grade player Kylie Relf.

‘‘The Bat­ters had some nerves at first, but play set­tled mid way through the first quar­ter, de­fen­sive com­bi­na­tion El­lie Cul­hane and Kirsten Hooper pro­vided mul­ti­ple turnovers that didn’t get cap­i­talised,’’ Relf said.

‘‘Third quar­ter a few po­si­tional changes saw goalers find their feet with Mad­di­son Wood pro­vid­ing drive out­side the ring, Kyra Bell turned it on tak­ing some bril­liant in­ter­cepts and show­ing pa­tients feed­ing along with Lara Corker in wing de­fence.’’

Relf said her side showed courage and fight to come away with the win from be­hind.

Gooram­bat’s tri­umphant C-grade side: (Back) Kyra Bell, Emma Pur­cell, Han­nah McIn­tosh, El­lie Cul­hane, Kirsten Hooper, Lara Corker, Han­nah Ely, (front) Emily Hout­tuin, Mad­di­son Woods and Tay­lah Gru­bissa.

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