Lack of consistency proves downfall

August 09, 2017

Goorambat’s top netball side has slipped into a dogfight for sixth place after a 15-point loss to Greta.

The 36-51 home loss sees the side remain on 32 points in fifth place.

But the side is now level on points with Bright (sixth) and Bonnie Doon (seventh), and four points ahead of Whorouly (eighth).

Head coach Mandy Nelson said a lack of consistency across four quarters saw the team defeated by a strong Greta outfit.

‘‘Greta came out strongly and had seven goals on the board before Goorambat was able to score. However, they managed to find their rhythm late in the first quarter.

‘‘They stayed with Greta through the third quarter but a disappointing last quarter let the lead blow out,’’ she said.

The Bats’ goals were scored by Brittany Button, 24, and Kylie Relf 12. Best on court for the Bats were Amelia Skilbeck, Ally Ellis and Button.

The loss means that the final two matches, away at Bonnie Doon, and away at Bright, become must-win games if the Bats are hopeful of a finals appearance.

Meanwhile in B-grade, the girls fell short of Greta’s total by 10 goals.

C-graders Kirsten Hooper and Taylah Grubissa made the step up to play well against strong opposition.

Defenders got their hands to a number of intercepts, but were not capitalised on at the other end.

Awards this week went to Narissa Drane, Erin O’Brien and Chelsea Bamford. Goals were scored by Bamford, 23, and Emily Rice, 14.

The B-reserve side meanwhile was soundly beaten in a 10-68 mammoth loss.

Newest member in the side, Courtney McLeod played a best-on-court performance, providing drive and a passing option for her team mates down the court.

McLeod, along with Emma Boman were named best on court for the side.

Goals were scored by McLeod, eight, and Kate Nolan, two.

In the C-grade game, the side pulled off a 12-goal win against Greta.

Ellie Culhane and Kirsten Hooper proved strong defenders, while at the other end goal attack Hannah Ely slotted 36 goals.

Best on court were Ely, Taylah Grubissa and Ellie Culhane in her 50th match.

And in the under-15 match, the young side lost by 13 goals in a close game.

Goals were scored by Hannah McIntosh, Madison Stovell and Claudia Welsh. Best on court were McIntosh, Milly Ayres and Casey Stovell.

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