Bats on the rise again

August 11, 2017

Goorambat has leapt back to fourth position in the Ovens and King Football League after its 10-point win over Greta.

The Bats’ final home match of the season was played in wet conditions, where goals came few and far between.

But the home side made the most of the situation, running out to a 19-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Greta fought back before half-time though, outscoring the hosts 15 points to nine, to close the lead to 13.

The Bats’ Cam Symes continued his good form in front of goal with another two to add to his season tally of 56 in 13 matches. Liam Hernan posted two of his own, to swing the momentum back in the way of the home side.

Greta again closed the Bats’ lead in the final quarter, but could not catch the hosts, who ran out victors by 10.

Meanwhile, Milawa’s 30-point loss to league leaders Tarrawingee, and the Bats’ win sees them rise to fourth place.

Two away matches remain in the normal season for the Bats. This weekend’s match will be held at Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve, against eighth-placed Bombers.

The Bombers are outside the six, and cannot qualify for finals footy. When the sides met in round six, the Bats won by 22 points, thanks to a five-goal bag from Symes.

Following that, the Bats travel to 11th-placed Bright to take on the Mountain Men. Last time the sides met in round seven, the Bats ran out 40-point victors.

Meanwhile in the reserves match, Greta was too strong for the Bats’ second side.

The hosts were beaten by 20 points in the 64-44 loss. At half-time the side was 15 points down, and could not mount a comeback.

Crucial turnovers cost the side a number of shots on goal.

Best players for the Bats were John House, Damien Hernan, Daniel Hooper, Patty Heaney, Anthony Lynch, and Stuart Sutherland.

Sutherland also slotted two goals, while Scott Armstrong, Mark Drage, Brett Warnock, Dean Poole each kicked one.

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