Sport

Bats triumphant

By Benalla Ensign

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 half-time.

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.