Benalla Ensign

Goorambat beaten by cross-town counterpar­t

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A-grade

Goorambat 38 def by Benalla All Blacks 40

Going in against top seeded Benalla with both team on four wins it was always going to a good contest and it was.

The Bats started well to get a good fourgoal lead at the first break although it took time for them to settle.

The Bats applied great defensive pressure to create turnovers.

At the half-time break it was clear it was going to be great game with Benalla closing the margin to two.

Olivia Dalton, Chelsea Beavis and Ally Ellis in her 200th game combined well down the defensive end against accurate shooters.

The attacking end of Amelia Skilbeck, Kylie Relf, Erin Hernan and Carli Hogan worked hard against tall and strong defensive line-up of Benalla.

A third-quarter slump saw Benalla take control of the game and push to the lead.

Catherine Dennis ran hard in centre all game and work harded with Georgia Thomson to put mid-court pressure on.

The Bats fought hard to come back in the last, but it was too little too late and Benalla came away two-goal winners.

It was a great game for supporters to watch.

The girls will now rest up for another tough game against 2019 premier Greta. Awards:

Best-on Olivia Dalton (Good Guys), Ally Ellis (Hair by Jess) and Kylie Relf (Dynamic Fitness)

B-grade

Goorambat 47 def by Benalla All Blacks 70

Round six saw the girls take on the undefeated All Blacks.

From the first whistle All Blacks came out strong.

With some accurate shooting it made it difficult for there to be any rebounds.

Chelsea Bamford and Jenna Brunner worked tirelessly in the circle and shooting with great accuracy seeing Chelsea awarded best on court.

Chloe Gunn worked all game in WA feeding wonderfull­y into the wing and switching into defence mode when required seeing her receive third best-on.

Ella Sheehan and Kelsey Moss had a hard game in the defensive circle with the experience of the All Blacks girls proving too strong.

It was a great team effort with many positives from the game.

Next week the girls take on Greta. Awards:

Best-on Court Chelsea Bamford (Royal Hotel), Kelsey Moss (Amcal) and Chloe Gunn (Blooms on Bridge)

B-Reserve

Goorambat 29 def by Benalla All Blacks 43

With warm weather conditions the girls knew they were in for a challenge.

They knew it would be a competitiv­e game against All Blacks and the girls went out and fought hard.

Tali Wallace played a great game in WA really stepping up to the challenge of feeding the ball into the shooters.

She was able to help direct play and assist on the centre passes.

Returning player Hannah Botta debuted her first game for the year in WD and played an outstandin­g defensive game.

She worked really hard at sticking to her player, talking to her team and applying lots of pressure.

Marlee O’Kane again this week played another tight defensive game in GK supporting Courtney Naughton in GD.

Unfortunat­ely we lost a player to injury during the game leaving us with no bench and the day was tough for us.

The girls did their best but they were unable to take away the win.

Awards:

Best-on Court Tali Wallace (Goorambat Railway Hotel), Hannah Botta (Sportspowe­r) and Marlee O’Kane (Nailed it Services)

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Meredith Tolliday ?? Ally Ellis celebrated her 200th game for Goorambat in round six.
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Massive milestone: Meredith Tolliday Ally Ellis celebrated her 200th game for Goorambat in round six. Picture:
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