Fin­ley ‘C’ win thriller

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Fin­ley C grade stormed to the sec­ond week of Mur­ray League fi­nals with a nail-bit­ing win over a strong Ton­gala team at Mul­wala on Satur­day. Scores, Fin­ley 47 to Ton­gala 44. Great re­bound­ing and de­fence work from Sasha Wood, Shan­non Peasley, Re­nata Mor­ris and El­yse Price, with the net­ball pa­tiently brought down the court by Peta Gowans and Rhi­an­non Mur­phyRid­dell.

This was beau­ti­fully topped off with some hard fought goals by Alex Rus­sell and Paula Gowans.

The Cats go up against an in-form Mul­wala side this Sun­day.

C Re­serve: Fin­ley were up against Moama at their home court on Sun­day.

A phys­i­cal game didn’t rat­tle the Cats who stood tall and proved they could han­dle it.

Emma Evans and Brid­get Te­gart made the Moama shoot­ers work ex­tra hard with their tight de­fence.

Lori Parm­ley, Brit­tany Scott, Lau­ren Clarke and Ge­orgie Sloane worked well to get the ball to star shoot­ers Sally Bick­er­ton and Karen Donkin who shot beau­ti­fully in windy con­di­tions.

Fin­ley never gave up and came away with a one-goal win, 31-30.

Un­der-15s: Sadly the 15s bowed out of the fi­nals race with a 43-29 loss to Moama, who had the ad­van­tage of play­ing at home.

Un­der-13s: The Cats had a very close game against De­niliquin in Moama on Sun­day, go­ing down by three goals.

The lead changed reg­u­larly through­out the game with the girls creep­ing ahead by a cou­ple of goals and then drop­ping back af­ter a few er­rors.

Every­one on the team con­trib­uted and did their best un­der fi­nals pres­sure where it can be a to­tally dif­fer­ent ball game.

Macken­zie Han­nan pro­vided strong leads, ac­cu­rate shooting and a pos­i­tive voice for all four quar­ters.

Ruby Rus­sell shot beau­ti­fully and turned de­fen­sive, in­ter­cept­ing the ball to bring it back to our at­tack­ing end and pro­vide ex­tra scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Lilly-May Ogilvie stuck tight to her op­po­nent and didn’t give her an inch.

Lucy-Jayne Bur­don de­flected the ball nu­mer­ous times, in­ter­cepted and pro­vided strong de­fen­sive pres­sure.

Jemma Coombs and Is­abella Kelly worked tire­lessly in de­fence against agile and tall shoot­ers.

Olivia Cic­col­ini and Abbey Mar­shall were the link be­tween the at­tack and de­fen­sive ends and pro­vided drives and great pass­ing.

Well done on a fan­tas­tic sea­son — you should all be proud of your achieve­ments.

Un­der-12s: It was a close and hec­tic game in the first final, against Nathalia.

Mor­gan Evans and Meg Mar­shall con­trolled the pace of the game in at­tack, also tak­ing fre­quent in­ter­cepts.

Alyssa Denny and Amil­iah Miaoudis kept pres­sure on the whole time. Si­enna Burke and Lexie McGrath shot per­fectly and also de­fended well.

Jas­mine Burke was quick and al­ways first to loose balls, while Jor­dan Gray and Cas­sidy Reynolds added pres­sure, fought for re­bounds and were al­ways there as back-up for the at­tack­ers.

Even though they didn’t quite make a come­back from those early few goals, the Fin­ley 12s played an awe­some game.

Scores, Nathalia 23 to Fin­ley 16. Awards: Jor­dan Gray and Mor­gan Evans.

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