Strong finish for Cats’ A-graders
Finley’s A grade netballers led at each change to score a convincing 57-43 win against Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday.
Despite leading for the whole game, the Cats weren’t able to build a comfortable buffer until the last quarter.
Heidi Fisher and Suzie Falls are becoming a stronger team in defence with each game they play together, while Rhiannon Maxwell filled in at wing defence and had a great game on Saturday.
Molly Sexton was quick on the drive and in defence. She got many deflections and passed well to Claire Doyle and Chelsea McDonald in goals.
Helene Steward was quick over the line on the centre passes, showing great timing and endeavour. She worked hard and won several loose balls, inspiring her team.
Chelsea had a great game in goal attack. She was quick, passed well and shot with accuracy, and when the ball was turned over she defended well, preventing Rumba from using its GD to run out of defence.
Claire had a good game in shooter, making good position for the girls passing to her and finishing with great shooting.
Awards: Bowling Club - Chelsea McDonald; Red Chair - Molly Sexton.
B grade: Finley 64 def. Rumba 37.
C grade: Rumba 23.
The C grade girls got off to a great start in their game and managed to build a good lead by halftime. The attackers work-
Finley 40 def. ed the ball around the ring patiently and fed it strongly to Dana Beard and Georgina Jewell, who were working well as a new combination. The second half was played in blizzard like conditions, which made it hard for both teams to gain clean possessions. The defensive pressure was strong all game from Melissa Rogers, Anna Jewell and Kylie Edwards.
Awards: Dana Beard and Anna Jewell.
C-Res: Finley 69 def. Rumba 10.
Finley played a great game in tough conditions. With minimal players the girls worked hard for the entire game. Sasha Wood played fantastic in wing defence and put defensive pressure on her player all game, while Peta Gowans and Abbey Bruest worked hard in the mid-court, feeding into the goal circle beautifully. Jess Congram and Dimity Sharp shot accurately in windy conditions and Sarah Taylor and Ellin Tideswell put pressure on their players and chased up every loose ball.
Awards: Kelly’s Grain - Ellin Tideswell; John Congram award- Peta Gowans.
U/17s: Finley 44 def. Rumba 21.
The young Cats gradually worked their way into the game. Rumbalara played with intensity in the first half and the Finley girls had to work hard but were eventually able to pull away to a comfortable lead. Ash O'Leary was dominant in goal defence, supported by Jorja Danile and Kirs- ten Lyons, who together were a formidable defensive team. Maicie Close and Chloe O’Bryan ran the ball through the mid-court and Tayla Boyd shot with great accuracy and defended well. Abbey Taylor played goal shooter, shooting well and playing with confidence.
Awards: Russell family award - Chloe O’Bryan; Daisy Mae's - Abbey Taylor.
U/15s: Finley 43 def. Rumba 4.
U/13s: Rumba 22 def. Finley 19.
The Cats knew from the first quarter it wasn’t going to be an easy game, with their fourth spot on the ladder at risk. The first half wasn’t great, with lots of silly mistakes made. With Dora Miaoudis going down with a knee injury, the Cats counted on Holly Robinson to step up and take on the role of GK, earning herself an award. Tiarna Burke was tossed between mid-court and shooting and earned herself an award as well. In the second half, everyone turned themselves on and started to fight back, but Rumba was just that little bit better in the end.
U/12s: Finley 26 def. Rumba 11.
The girls played their best game of the season on Saturday, scoring a convincing win over Rumbalara. Everyone played a fantastic game with the defenders continually getting intercepts and the shooters were very accurate.
Awards: Kiara Warenycia and Niamh Mason.