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Effort pays off for Bats

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April 05, 2017

The netball season is back under way and Goorambat sides had a mixed opening round.

In the A-grade competition the Bats linked well from the first whistle and contributed to a strong performance over visiting Moyhu.

Kylie Relf and Steph Hogg looked right at home in the circle with great movement and shooting from both all game.

The defence had a hard job all day with accurate shooting from Moyhu but Ally Ellis and Olivia Wolff worked hard all game and it paid off for them.

The Bats eventually overcame Moyhu by 3. Goorambat 41 defeated Moyhu 38.

In the 15 and under, the side was outclassed by a strong Moyhu team, and was beaten 23-4.

But Goorambat showed potential to be a competitive side — Emma Purcell had a strong defensive game, while Claudia Welsh alongside Hayley Smith showed promised at the back.

Milly Ayres’ confidence increased throughout the game with a strong defensive game in the mid court.

In the C-grade the Bats also took on Moyhu — and took advantage of having key players returning to the team.

The side’s attack worked well with the run of Taylah Grubissa and Kyra Bell playing well, feeding well to shooters Ellie Culhane and Hannah Ely.

Defenders Kirsten Hooper and Chelsea Beavis showed fantastic tight defence and chase of the ball.

Goorambat oversaw their first win of the season 46-24.

In the B-grade, the team went into Saturday’s match with a new line-up, which is still yet to be set.

With a few girls unavailable for the first week, Lauren Blake and Georgia Spinks stepped up after a full game in B-reserve grade to play a half each.

The mid-court worked well and the the defensive combination of Erin O’Brian and Steph Waddell was a strong force all game, making opposition shooters work hard for every goal.

Moyhu played well in the final quarters.

The Bats defended well, but the attack let them down, Moyhu getting over the line going down by eight, 27 to Moyhu’s 35.

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