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Goorambat wins thriller

By Benalla Ensign

The A-grade Goorambat netballers took the court with plenty of pride on Saturday as they celebrated Amelia Skilbeck’s 300th game.

They were all were honoured to play alongside Amelia and desperately wanted to win after two losses in previous rounds.

In a hard contest the team held a one goal advantage in the first and second quarters. The third saw Bright shoot 13 to the Bats’ 11, and so went into the last quarter a goal down.

The last quarter saw the Bats outscore Bright nine to seven and steal a one goal-win at the death.

Emily Neilson and Hannah Ely were fantastic in goals and both held their composure right though to the end of the game.

Amelia controlled the game well all down the court and helped settle those feeds into the shooters.

Score: 45-44.

Best: Hannah Ely, Emily Neilson, Amelia Skilbeck.

Goals: Emily Neilson 28, Hannah Ely 17.

B-reserve

The girls came away with a brilliant eight-goal first win for the season.

They stepped up the intensity and improved greatly on the court.

In an even game, the side managed a four-goal lead at half-time, which increased to nine at three-quarter time.

The attacking end combined well with Chelsea Bamford providing strong drives into the ring and working tirelessly for rebounds.

Emily Houttuin showed her versatility on the court, and her defensive pressure was exceptional, with Georgia Thomson continuously intercepting balls.

Score: 37-29.

Best: Chelsea Bamford, Emily Houttuin, Georgia Thomson.

Goals: Chelsea Bamford 19, Lauryn Hernan 18.

B-grade

Coming off a strong win last week, the girls hoped for another against a well-prepared Bright.

Not much separated the sides during the game and at half-time it was 18-all.

Bright held a four-goal lead going into the last quarter.

The Bats played hard and held on to shoot 10 goals and keep Bright to five to take the win by a goal.

Score: 35-34.

Best: Erin O’Brien, Kirsten Pianta, Kelsey Moss.

Goals: Kirsten Pianta 14, Clare Greaves 13, Erin O’Brien 8.

C-grade

The Baby Bats had a hard game against Bright, going down by 35 goals.

Struggling to put goals on the scoreboard, they were eight down after the first quarter.

Bright’s goal shooters were fantastic with a high-percentage accuracy.

Ellie Culhane shot well in the second and third, but Bright was just too good on the day.

Score: 19-54.

Goals: Ellie Culhane 16, Lara Corker 3.

Under-15

The young girls went down by nine goals to Bright.

Mia Ely was best on court this week, being the smallest of the team she certainly didn’t let Bright’s height stop her.

The last quarter was the Bats’ best with nine goals.

Score: 22-31.

Best: Mia Ely, Casey Stovell, Claudia Welsh.

Goals: Gertie McCallum 18, Madison Stovell 2, Haylea Smith 2.