Roos capitalise as Goorambat falls short

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

Goorambat’s top netball side fell agonisingly short of a win against King Valley on Saturday.

One badly-played quarter was all it took for the Roos to capitalise on the Bats’ errors, and take the game and the points, 38-39.

The game was played in horrific conditions — at times a torrential downpour with sideways rain, and a howling wind.

The Bats adjusted well to the conditions and went goal for goal with a strong Roos side all the way to half-time.

After the first quarter it was 9-all, and at the half 17-all.

Goorambat head coach Olivia Wolff said despite the conditions, her side made the most of their opportunities in the game.

‘‘It was not ideal conditions, it just didn’t stop raining the whole game,’’ Wolff said.

‘‘They sort of ran away with the game in the third.

‘‘In the three-quarter time huddle we said that we wanted to bring the score back and we did manage to get back within a goal.’’

The first half showed the Bats adjusted to the conditions and played a slow, controlled game and settled well.

Amelia Skilbeck established the attack with great feeds to the goalers and Emily Neilson held strong and took some high passes and converted well.

The third quarter didn’t go as planned as the side found themselves seven goals down, 25-32 with a quarter remaining. The Bats’ focus was to bring the score back as close as possible.

‘‘Taking the conditions into consideration I thought we were very impressive, the ball was so heavy and the girls shot well in the final quarter,’’ Wolff said.

Ally Ellis was fantastic in defence and repelled many of the opposition’s attacks and her efforts gave the team every opportunity to start reducing the margin in the final stanza.

A tremendous final quarter saw the Bats nail 13 goals and fight back the deficit all the way to the end.

But the Roos had done the damage in the third quarter, and the game went to King Valley by a single goal.

This weekend sees the Bats away for a third consecutive round — this time doing battle with Bright.

‘‘It’s another away game for us and they’re looking pretty good this season,’’ Wolff said.

‘‘We always have a tough battle against them.

‘‘In the last round to make finals last year we did win against them so hopefully we can do the same this time.’’