Bats blinded as Tigers roar to huge victory

August 04, 2017

Goorambat had a massive blow dealt to its season when Glenrowan dismantled it on Saturday.

In the 15th round of the Ovens and King Football League, the Bats hosted third-placed Glenrowan at Goorambat Recreational Reserve, but the home side was never in the game.

By quarter-time the Bats were yet to register a point, while the Tigers had booted nine goals and six behinds to lead by 60.

The game was over by half-time when the score read 7-112 in favour of the away side, and it only got worse for the hosts as the match progressed.

Stemming the blood flow in the third quarter, the Bats conceded two goals, but could not capitalise in front of goal themselves, managing just the one behind.

After a further nine goals flew off the boots of Tigers players before the siren, the final margin was 183.

Tiger Matthew Robinson kicked 13 of his side’s 28 goals and Matt Duffy pitched in with six of his own.

Bats players Sam Gladstone, Ben Reaburn and James Dalton still put in strong shifts for the side even under the circumstances, which saw them earn votes for best-on-ground.

The loss leaves Goorambat just inside the top six in fifth, on 40 points. Round 16 will see the Bats host seventh-placed Greta.

Last time the sides met in round five, the Bats claimed a 15-point win away from home.

For Glenrowan, however, the side has the chance to close the gap on second-placed Benalla All Blacks — a side it lost to by just three points in round five, and will be looking for redemption.

Meanwhile in the reserves match, the Bats were outplayed and outclassed by a superior Glenrowan Tigers outfit.

The Bats recorded a singular point in the match, while the Tigers notched up 15 goals and 18 behinds to record a 107-point victory.

The Bats were undermanned with some of their key players playing up in the senior side, and were unable to score any goals.

Best players for the Bats were Damien Hernan, Mark Drage, Brenton Doig, Lane Wallace, Matt Erben, and Patty Heaney.

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