Bats dominate ground ball

The big men fly: Goorambat’s Darcy Edgar goes up in the ruck battle. Photos: Meredith Tolliday


Goorambat 21.13.139 def North Wangaratta 3.6.24

The seniors were keen to keep their winning form alive and stay at the pointy end of the ladder.

North Wang started well early, jumping to a two-goal to one lead early in the game.

However, from this point on, the Bats dominated the game on the ground.

The inclusions of injured duo Dylan Beavis and Ethan Cooke boosted the Bat's forward line as both boys were lively. Dylan Beavis finished the day with five majors and Ethan slotted three.

Workhorse Ryan Burns was excellent on the wing, gathering a plethora of footy, giving him a best-on-ground performance for the Bats.

Jaime Dunne continued his excellent form through the midfield and forward line punishing the opposition by foot.

Sally Malay was in and under at every contest, winning the contested footy.

To North Wang's credit, they never gave up and made the Bats work hard all day.

Reliable backman Alex Moloney was rock solid in defence all day.

Campbell McCoy’s run and carry hitting up the Bats’ leading forwards was great to watch as the classy outside midfielder continued his great form.

Unfortunately, Cooper McCoy (hamstring) and Charlie Campbell (dislocated shoulder) went down due to injury.

Hoping for a speedy recovery and see them back on the field soon.

The Bats were very pleased to come away with a 115-point win and hope to take this good form up the Whitfield next weekend where the Bats will do battle with King Valley.

Best On: Ryan Burns (Peter Davis Rural), 2nd Best Jaimee Dunne (Goorambat Railway Hotel), 3rd Best: Ethan Cooke (Royal Hotel), 4th Best: Alex Moloney (Hollywood Cafe Benalla), 5th Best: Sully Malay (Brew and Toasties), 6th Best: Campbell McCoy (Club Thursday Night Dinner).


Goorambat 12.17.89 def North Wangaratta 9.7.61

The Reserves were keen to chase their third win of the season, travelling up to Wangaratta to face the North Wang Hawks.

The inclusions of handy duo Zeb Griffin and Jim Taylor boosted the Bats’ performance early as they had plenty of inside 50s and a few early goals on the board.

Co-captain Johnny house was dominant in the ruck early and snapped a great goal from the pocket.

The Bats dominated play in the first half. However, inaccuracy in front of the goal kept North Wang in the game.

After half-time, North Wangaratta rallied well to narrow the margin.

The experienced heads of Andy Ellis and Clinton Relf kept the boys focused as they continued to win the ball out of the middle to give the forwards every chance to score.

North Wangaratta never gave up and continued to score late in the game.

The Bats ultimately had the majority of the football all day and came away with a 28-point win.

Coach Sean Mcdonald was pleased with the boys as it was a very well-rounded win with every player being involved throughout the game.

Best On: John House (Bouwmeesters Bakery), 2nd Best: Jim Taylor (The Royal Hotel), 3rd Best: Kobe Black (The Good Guys), 4th Best: Zeb Griffin (Bill Bo Pop), 5th Best: Andy Ellis (SportsPower).