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Goorambat starts season with huge victory

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April 05, 2017

Goorambat has started its season on a positive note after coming away with a 54-point victory against Moyhu on Saturday at home.

A stiff wind made conditions difficult early on for The Bats as they crept away to an eight-point lead by quarter-time with some wayward kicking costing the home side.

New recruit Sam Gladstone was dangerous on the wing and up forward and finished the game with two goals. Meanwhile James Webb and Cam Symes also pitched in with impressive displays of strength in the air.

Bats senior coach Shayne McKean said he felt the game went well and the defence held well.

‘‘The game went well, a pretty dominant display in tricky conditions.

‘‘We worked hard into the breeze and all of our recruits played well, we just needed to make more of our forward 50 entries,’’ he said.

Rebounding defender Ben Reaburn created opportunities with his run and carry while Andy Ellis, James Dalton and new recruit Brett Cuy were consistent all day.

The Bats blew the game wide open in the third quarter as they piled on six goals to take the margin to 50 points.

With the split round coming up, Goorambat will have the bye next weekend. Following that they will be on the road to Whitfield to take on King Valley which will be a great challenge for the new look Goorambat side.

Reserves

Goorambat’s reserves came away with a hard-fought nine-point win against a strong and vastly improved Moyhu outfit.

Having lost the toss, The Bats kicked into a stiff southerly breeze and found the going tough as Moyhu dominated the clearances.

Despite being under siege, Goorambat’s defence held strong. Luke Hernan was solid at fullback as was Brenton Doig and new recruit Brendan Humphrey who put in a solid effort in defence.

The Bats found themselves down by 14 points at half-time.

With just 15 points separating both sides at three-quarter time, the last quarter was setup to be a thriller.

Dean Poole and Scott Armstrong lifted to kick some crucial goals while Andy Cook took some great marks and kicked two long-range goals to give The Bats the lead.

The Bats face the challenge of taking on last year’s minor Premiers and runners up when they travel to King Valley in a few weeks time.

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