In a horror start to the season Goorambat was beaten by nearly 200 points, and lost four key players to injury.
‘‘Have to say not much went right for us on the day,’’ a sombre Bats playing coach Shayne McKean said after the match.
And he was right. The highly-fancied Milawa won the match 29-223 and the Bats lost key players in the Nolan brothers Clint and Travers, as well as Robbie Newton and Jordan Smith to injuries in the first match of the Ovens and King Football League season.
McKean conceded it was always going to be a difficult task to face Milawa in the first round, but there were positives to be taken in the post-match.
‘‘In the first quarter we were good and fairly competitive,’’ he said.
‘‘A class side like Milawa was always going to be hard to beat.
‘‘To be fair I think we just ran out of legs and got some injuries through the match, which didn’t help.’’
The Nolan brothers both went down with knee injuries and had to be taken off the ground.
Jordan Smith is also out with a knee injury, that ‘‘could be more severe than we initially anticipated’’.
Robbie Newton completed a bad weekend for the club when he was taken off with an ankle injury.
‘‘We’ll have to wait and see with those guys, but I’m not holding my breath, especially with Jordan (Smith),’’ McKean said.
Thankfully for the Bats, last year’s 10th-placed King Valley are up next.
‘‘King Valley won’t be at the same standard as Milawa. We just have to work at being more competitive for longer and hopefully the injuries won’t be as bad as we think,’’ McKean said.
‘‘We hope to have a few guys back for that as well... (last year’s club best and fairest) Ben Reaburn will return, and youngster Perry Knox is available this weekend, too.
‘‘King Valley will give us a better idea of where we’re at, and we hope to be more competitive than we were this weekend.’’