Strong fin­ish for Cats’ A-graders

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

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.

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