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Bats crash at final hurdle

By Benalla Ensign

Seniors

Goorambat against Moyhu was always going to be a close encounter, with both sides evenly matched.

The Bats got off to a good start kicking five goals in the first quarter, only to have Moyhu come back in the second term.

Goorambat missed a number of opportunities in the last half of the game to let the match slip from its fingers, and would be disappointed with its game overall, but the club looks not far away from four quarters of good football.

It was an emotional day for Moyhu with the passing of club and league legend Fred Baker, with both clubs standing for a minute’s silence before the game as a sign of respect for the great man.

Goorambat will now break for the interleague bye before returning to vie for the local White Ribbon Cup against Benalla All Blacks in two weeks, with both sides in desperate need of a win.

Final score: Goorambat 10.10 (70) def by Moyhu 14.8 (92)

Goals: Liam Hernan 3, Brock McCabe 2, Dylan Beavis 2, Tom Ryan, Ben Reaburn, Tom Williams

Best players: Ryan Burns, Liam Hernan, Brock McCabe, Tom Ryan, Nathan Farley, Sam Gladstone

Reserves

Goorambat reserves played one of their better games for the season, with the inclusion of several players adding more speed across the ground.

Sean McDonald was a major asset down forward, providing the midfield with a much-needed target inside 50.

In what was an entertaining game from start to finish, it wasn’t until the final quarter where Moyhu really ran away with the match.

Final score: Goorambat 7.7 (49) def by Moyhu 18.9 (117)

Goals: Sean McDonald 4, Curtis Anker, Will Greenhalgh, P Skinner

Best players: Dave Stacey, Curtis Anker, Will Greenhalgh, Hayden Al Hasnawi, L Caple, Lachy McCallum