Plenty of positives

By Benalla Ensign

Goorambat has started the Ovens and King Netball League with a crushing defeat at the hands of Milawa.

Played away at Milawa Recreation Reserve, the Bats could not keep pace with last year’s premiers, losing 49-19.

Goorambat netball co-ordinator Kate Nolan said in spite of the loss, she was happy with the conduct of the team.

‘‘There were plenty of positives to take from the game as Kirsty Gabler starred in defence and Steph Hogg showed her versatility by going from wing defence to the goal circle,’’ Nolan said.

‘‘Hannah Ely was also excellent in her first A-grade game, she stood strong in goals and positioned herself well.’’

B-grade struggled against the defending premiers, going down 19-44.

The girls struggled in the heat to match Milawa. It was always going to be a tough ask taking on Milawa in the first round.

They look forward to improving and coming out stronger against King Valley on Saturday.

B-Reserve went down 26-58 against Milawa.

The scoreboard did not accurately reflect how well the Bats gelled together as a new side.

Great defensive pressure from Kirsten Hooper and Sally-Anne Swankie helped the cause.

The attackers kept up the intensity as Lauryn Hernan worked tirelessly in the goal ring.

The under-15s played a brilliant first game finishing with a two-goal win.

New player Gertie McCallum showed a lot of potential as goal shooter.

Hannah McIntosh didn’t miss a beat, dominating in defence.

The team has plenty of things to work on this week and will come up against King Valley.