Coach proud of players’ efforts
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.