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A-Grade

Com­ing into round nine af­ter a bye week the Bats girls were ready to take on the strong Bon­nie Doon out­fit.

Hav­ing come up against them in a prac­tice match ear­lier in the year, the Gooram­bat girls were un­der no il­lu­sions and knew what they would be up for — a very chal­leng­ing game.

In what was a great dis­play of team net­ball, the Bats were able to gain the up­per hand.

All play­ers played their part and it was the team­work that proved to be dif­fer­ence in a close tus­sle.

The de­fend­ers were tremen­dous all day, not giv­ing an inch to their op­po­nents and were as­sisted well by the mid-court play­ers who were able to ap­ply great pres­sure.

Gooram­bat’s at­tack­ing drives were also a high­light, with the ball trav­el­ling down the court with con­trol and com­po­sure.

The feeds into the goal cir­cle were re­warded with ac­cu­rate shoot­ing and it’s no co­in­ci­dence that Emily Neil­son was Gooram­bat’s best player on the day.

A fan­tas­tic re­sult for the Bats girls, which ul­ti­mately saw the Gooram­bat A-grade side walk away with a three-goal win over Bon­nie Doon. Fi­nal score: 40 to 37 Best play­ers: Emily Neil­son, Steph Hogg & Catherine Masters.

B-Grade

Know­ing that Bon­nie Doon wouldn’t be an easy de­feat, Gooram­bat knew they had to be bring their best if they were to win.

In slip­pery, cold and wet con­di­tions it was a slow and steady start with both teams play­ing cau­tiously.

The Bats were quick to set­tle and were for­tu­nate enough to get some early turnovers to hold a seven goal lead at half-time.

Kyllee Edis, earn­ing her­self a best-on-court performance, draw­ing on her ex­pe­ri­ence played a flaw­less game.

Edis cre­ated many smooth pas­sages of play and her tight of­fen­sive pres­sure down the court cre­ated an on­go­ing headache for Bon­nie Doon.

Kate Sloan worked tire­lessly down the de­fen­sive end re­strict­ing the Bombers from any easy scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Clare Greaves played con­sis­tently for the game, rel­ish­ing her newly ac­quired role of wing at­tack then step­ping back into goals for the sec­ond half.

It was by far no easy win for the Bats but with their sen­si­ble short, sharp passes in the soak­ing con­di­tions they were able to hang on to a four goal win at the fi­nal whis­tle. Gooram­bat 27 de­feated Bon­nie Doon 23 Best Play­ers: Kyllee Edis - Royal Ho­tel Be­nalla, Kate Sloan - Hol­ly­wood’s Pizza Be­nalla, Clare Greaves - AMCAL Chemist Be­nalla

B-Re­serve

The Bats knew it was going to be a hard match against Bon­nie Doon on the week­end.

The girls came out strong and showed de­ter­mi­na­tion all game but un­for­tu­nately Bon­nie Doon were able to adapt to the wet weather and played a stronger game. The fi­nal score was 33-39. Best play­ers: Chelsea Bam­ford, Chloe Trevena, Ge­or­gia Thom­son

C-Grade

With the wet weather the girls took some time to ad­just to the new play­ing con­di­tions in the first quar­ter scor­ing three to Bon­nie Doon’s 21.

The sec­ond quar­ter the Bats lifted and ap­plied great de­fen­sive skills down the court but Bon­nie Doon shoot­ers weren’t miss­ing leav­ing the score 5 to 42 at half­time.

The girls kept fight­ing through­out the third quar­ter get­ting their hands on any lose balls as they went into the last quar­ter 5 to 57.

The bats never gave up de­spite the score and were able to pro­duce some great court play and kept the pres­sure up. Score: 10 to 78 Best Play­ers — El­lie Cul­hane, Sum­mer Hughes and Chloe Cook

Un­der-15

Gooram­bat knew it would be a tough game com­ing up against Bon­nie Doon.

The girls started slow in the first quar­ter and came back fight­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The Bats were un­able to get in front of Bon­nie Doon, but made the game com­pet­i­tive.

The girls worked re­ally hard to bring the ball down the court but it wasn’t enough to over take Bon­nie Doon’s score.

Un­for­tu­nately the girls went down, Gooram­bat 13 to Bon­nie Doon 18.

Next week will be an­other tough game against Greta, with lots of pos­i­tives to work on from this week to pre­pare. Best Play­ers – Mia Ely, Casey Stovell and Mady Stovell.

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