Goorambat was lacking manpower and was light on numbers when it travelled to take on Tarrawingee on Saturday.
It was a tough day out for the Bats, who had seven players doubling up to play games in both the reserves and seniors.
After having to defend right from the start, the Bats went down (0.2) 2 to (25.21) 171, unable to secure a goal.
Bats coach Shayne McKean said that although he would have liked to have more of an impact on the scoreboard, the team did as well as they could with what they had to work with.
‘‘I couldn’t fault the players’ efforts to double up in warm conditions,’’ he said.
‘‘Sometimes one or two have to double up but to have players pull out of the reserves and seniors before the game isn’t ideal.
‘‘I thought until the last quarter we were quite competitive despite having some vital players out, but as a club we had to fill the two sides.’’
McKean said the addition of influential player Liam Hernan may have made a big difference to the weekend’s game.
Sam Gladstone put in a standout performance for the Bats, while Ben Reaburn, James Dalton, Andrew Cook, Shane Rodwell and Shayne McKean were all named among the best players.
Goorambat is now looking to put the loss behind it as it focuses on the upcoming match against Glenrowan, with many key players set to return for the clash.
The Bats will also be celebrating their 1978 and 2008 premiership reunion this weekend, which McKean said should help to motivate the players out on the field.
‘‘With the reunion on and some old faces around it should bring out the best in the team,’’ he said.
‘‘Glenrowan have sort of been the benchmark and they have a lot of talented players, they only need 15 to 20 minutes to tear a game open.
‘‘We’ll need to just work on being as competitive as possible.’’
That match will be a home game for the Bats, kicking off at 2.15pm Saturday with the premiership reunion set to follow into the night.