Brave Wildcats lose GF
The Finley Wildcats’ grand final fairytale was not to be on Sunday, going down 4.5 (29) to 2.9 (21) against the Shepparton Bears at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton.
With a strong wind all day, the Bears kicked with the breeze in the fourth quarter while the Wildcats were unlucky not to make the most of their third quarter opportunities.
Finley played hard in a low scoring game which was closely contested with a lot of fierce tackling and smothering.
Rhiannon MurphyRiddell and Hannah Stewart kicked Finley’s goals.
Wildcats coach Jorja Daniel said her players unfortunately didn’t take advantage of the wind.
‘‘The girls couldn’t capitalise on their first and third quarter efforts,’’ she said.
‘‘It was a superb effort by the girls to make the grand final, especially as this was their first full season.
‘‘I’m staying on as coach next season, so hopefully we can win a premiership in 2018.’’
Best players for the Wildcats were Eloise Ashley-Cooper, Paige Nash, Hannah Stewart, Hayley Doohan, Ruby Stewart and Lauren Clarke.
Ashley-Cooper also re- ceived the medal for the best player on the ground.
Finley team manager Tanya Clarke praised the efforts of the players.
‘‘In their first full season they did well to make the grand final.
‘‘It was a great season by all and it’s already looking positive for next season with the potential for several more teams to join the competition.
‘‘We will miss our older players next year, but with Jorja Daniel staying at the helm and the young guns with a season under their belt, their experience will hopefully lead to going one better in 2018.’’
The Wildcats will wrap up the Shepparton District Junior Football League season with a presentation night tomorrow at the Finley Apex Sport and Community Centre.
Finley’s Eloise Ashley-Cooper takes a strong grab in the grand final. BELOW: Eloise Ashley-Cooper with her best on ground medal.