Goorambat was not far off the pace from overcoming undefeated league-leaders King Valley United on Saturday.
Mandy Nelson’s A-grade side stayed within touching distance of King Valley in the first three quarters, before falling off the pace in the final stanza and going down by seven goals.
Goal shooter Kylie Relf again led the way for the Bats in terms of goals, scoring 19, with Kate Symes (4) and Tori Rhodes (10) also pitching in.
Head coach Mandy Nelson said she was proud of how her side stood up to King Valley, and matched them for most of the game.
‘‘(It was) another tough game going up against undefeated King Valley,’’ Nelson said.
‘‘They knew they would have to play their best netball if they were going to keep up with them.
‘‘For three quarters, they did that and went into the last quarter only two goals down.
‘‘It was a very defensive game right across the court, with both sides having to play well to score.
‘‘The shooting percentage improved this week.’’
Tori Rhodes played her first game in the ring and in the first half only missed two shots.
Wing defence Elise Nolan slowed the passage to the ring and Ally Ellis made King Valley’s shooters work hard to receive the ball from goal keepers.
Best on court for the Bats were Elison Nolan, Tori Rhodes and Allison Ellis.
The Bats will now look on to play Moyhu away from home on Saturday.
The Bats celebrated Hannah Ely’s 50th game for the club against King Valley on Saturday.
Shooters on both sides gave attackers little opportunities throughout the match as they kept it tight and accurate.
Shooters Hannah Ely and Taylah Grubissa combined well with great communication in the last quarter, and although there were chances to win for both sides, the game ended in a draw.
The final score was 44-44, meaning each side gains two points for the ladder.
Goorambat retains third position on percentage.
Best on the day were Taylah Grubissa, Hannah Ely and Kirsten Hooper.
The girls came up against strong opposition in second-placed Roos, who were too strong overall for the Bats.
The final score blew out to 15-76. Best on court were Kate Nolan, Emma Boman and Sally Swankie.
It was always going to be tough day out, coming up against third-placed King Valley.
The side slumped in the fourth quarter saw them struggle to get the ball to the shooters with the Roos benefiting from the mistakes.
Once again Steph Waddell in defence made their shooters work hard for every goal. The final score was 32-44 to King Valley.