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Tough day on court for senior Bats teams

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June 02, 2018

With a tough task ahead of them on Saturday, the Bats’ girls took to the court strongly and had a solid first quarter with the score 10-all at quarter-time.

A-grade

With a tough task ahead of them on Saturday, the Bats’ girls took to the court strongly and had a solid first quarter with the score 10-all at quarter-time.

The second quarter didn’t go Goorambat’s way though, and Tarrawingee stretched out the lead.

With a couple of changes made at half-time, the girls fought the game out well and played in good spirits.

Hannah Ely and Emily Neilson both played a strong game in goals and Ally Ellis was a standout in goal defence with plenty of deflections and intercepts.

The final score was 43-30. Although they didn’t come away with the win, the Bats had plenty of positives to take away from the game.

Best players: Ally Ellis, Emily Neilson and Hannah Ely.

B-grade

The B-grade girls had an extremely tough game against the impeccable Tarrawingee side. Tarrawingee started strongly and its defensive pressure was unbeatable, making it challenging for the Bats’ attackers.

At half-time Tarrawingee held a 20-goal lead.

The Bats’ defence battled away, but with the accuracy of the Tarrawingee shooters and their quick feeds into the ring, it became increasingly difficult with no easy turnovers.

Kate Sloan, playing her 100th club game, earned her best-on-court performance with her athleticism displayed in her newly acquired centre role.

Kelsey Moss showed her versatility playing at the defence and shooting ends. Erin O’Brien continuously used her voice, acknowledging every effort, which helped push the Bats to keep lifting and contesting. Goorambat remained positive and continued its strong-willed attitude for the full four quarters, but it just wasn’t enough to beat Tarrawingee.

Final score: 59-24.

Benalla Bowls Club award: Kate Sloan; John Holschier Bowen Therapy award: Kelsey Moss; Rambling Rose award: Erin O’Brien.

B-reserve

This week the Bats played a strong, consistent Tarrawingee which came out firing from the first whistle, outscoring the Goorambat girls 16 to 4.

This continued throughout the four quarters.

The girls tried their hardest and continued to persist throughout the game, despite the score.

Anne Sloan played a great game controlling the defensive end and putting a lot of pressure on the shooters, who were very accurate. Second-best-on went to Sally Anne Swankie who also provided the team with some great attempts at rebounds and strong defence. Third-best-on went to Georgia Thomson, who never gave up fighting for the ball in numerous positions.

The girls are determined to have a stronger game next week against Glenrowan.

Final score: 60-23.

C-grade

The C-grade girls started off strongly in the first quarter, showing Tarrawingee how well they can play, as they took a six-goal lead at quarter-time.

It was close scoring in the second quarter with Tarrawingee scoring four goals to the Bats’ five, putting the Bats in front by seven goals.

The defensive end worked hard and picked off intercepts and rebounds, and only allowed Tarrawingee to score two goals in the third quarter to the Bats’ 11.

The girls finished off the game well with the midcourt hitting the ring and feeding straight into the goalers who shot with ease.

Jemma Smith shot with confidence as she rewarded her team’s efforts throughout the whole game.

Ellie Culhane made her opponent work hard to get into the ring and used her height to get the rebounds, while Chloe Cook refused to let her player get to her as she made strong leads to the ball throughout the game.

The Bats won by 22 goals, leaving their new coach Clare Greaves thrilled with the victory.

Final score: 11-33.

Goals: Chloe Cook 10, Jemma Smith 23.

Best players: Jemma Smith, Ellie Culhane and Chloe Cook.

Under-15

The girls played a fantastic game against Tarrawingee, despite only having seven players.

With no fresh legs the girls showed their passion for the game. All players played a defensive game by not letting their opponents get away.

Goorambat held the lead the whole game and came away with a 33-goal win.

Claudia Welsh put lots of pressure on the Tarrawingee attackers to take away best-on-court for the day, while Hannah McIntosh — who is usually a defender — showed her versatility in shooting for the whole game. Bridie Horsburgh applied lots of pressure down the court, allowing the team to turn the ball over many times.

The Bats’ girls couldn’t be happier with their performance and how they came together as a team.

Final score: 42-9.

Awards — Royal Hotel: Claudia Welsh; Amcal Chemist: Hannah McIntosh; Subway: Bridie Horsburgh.

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