Kangaroos bounce away from the Bats

By Benalla Ensign

Top six side King Valley pulled no punches when it hosted Goorambat on Saturday, doing away with the lowly side by 116 points at Whitfield Recreation Reserve.

An undermanned Goorambat threw everything at the Kangaroos early and only trailed by eight points at quarter time as well as 27 points by half-time to remain competitive.

But it was 16 second half goals to King Valley – compared to the Bats' two – that blew out the score.

Liam Hernan was the Bats' lone multiple goal scorer for the day and was named among the best alongside Brock McCabe and Ryan Burns.

In a brighter note for the Bats though, John House lined up in his 100th game for the club.

Goorambat will now look to its round 17 clash against Moyhu, in what will be the club's final home game of the season, before heading to Friendlies Oval to take on the Benalla All Blacks in the final home and away match of the year.

*Goorambat's reserves side failed to competitively challenge its King Valley counterparts, ultimately falling by 166 points on Saturday. The Bats proved inaccurate in front of goals, with its first four attempts resulting in behinds, before settling to add four majors in the second half. Haider AlHasnawi was judged best on ground with his two majors, while Riley Kego and Will Greenhalgh also impressed.

Final score: Goorambat 6.6 (42) def by King Valley 24.14 (158)

Goal kickers: L. Hernan 2, B. McCabe, R. Burns, D. Bell, S. McDonald.

Best players: B. McCabe, R. Burns, L. Hernan, J. Webb, T. Osborne, N. Farley.