Strong start sets up win
The Cats set up the result in a dominant first quarter, but it was a hard fought contest from then on.
Through strong shooting from Chelsea McDonald and Rhiannan Maxwell the Cats found momentum to keep Moama at bay.
Once again Finley’s line-up was unsettled with players being unavailable, but this gave opportunity to B-grader Jane Hawkins to play in her first A grade game for the season.
Jane’s defensive pressure in the GK was really strong and having Ash O’Leary back from injury was a great advantage.
With the Steward sisters, Renee and Helene, providing plenty of drive into attack end and Kate Whiley assisting the defenders at WD, Finley came away with a hard fought win, 50-39.
Awards went to Chelsea McDonald (Kelly Grains) and Kate Whiley (Daisy Mae’s).
The B grade match was a fast-paced thriller with Finley coming out on top in the end, 33-27.
At no stage was the victory out of reach for either side, which made the match a real treat for spectators.
Finley’s teamwork was the deciding factor, with all players executing well-timed, high intensity drives and on point passes.
Jorja Daniel and Eloise Ashley-Cooper were both exceptional in WD, giving much needed support to the defence and coming up with huge intercepts, which enabled Finley to get the turnovers.
Peta Gowans and Jasmine Lewis combined well bringing the ball out from the centre, and Paula Gowans and Sarah Taylor worked hard in the ring against a very physical Moama defence.
Emma Hurlston and Allison Rourke had their work cut out for them down in defence with young, speedy, accurate shooters, but with their persistence and discipline in their approach, they managed to get the rebounds and turnovers when the opportunity presented itself.
Emma Hurlston and Ally Rourke were awarded the IGA award and Barber’s Shoex award respectively.
Scores in C grade were tight up until the last quarter when Finley ran away with a 47-36 win.
Having some of their regular players away due to school holidays, the Cats adjusted well to the changes.
Millie-Jayne Harris and Harriet Atkinson played their first games for the year and slotted into the team well, while Sasha Wood was strong in all positions she played and showed her never give up attitude throughout the entire game.
Tash Futschik played a solid game in attack and is surprising everyone with how much she has improved from the start of the season, having never played before.
Awards went to Sasha Wood (Tuppal Hotel) and Tash Futschik (TAB Price Bricklayers).
The C-Reserve Cats started off strong and maintained a small lead throughout the entire game to win 40-29.
Anna Jewell worked tirelessly in defence, making it hard for the Moama shooters and was very strong with her rebounding.
Susan Robertson had a great game through the mid-court with numerous intercepts and strong feeding into the shooters.
Awards went to Anna Jeweill (McNaughts Transport) and Susan Robertson (Lewis Family).
Finley’s under-17s suffered a 33-22 loss with awards going to Jorja Daniel (Daisy Mae’s) and Sarah Riddle (BE Pizza).
It was a great result for the under-15s, who ran out 31-23 winners.
Powerful passes and hard leads gave the girls an advantage over Moama, and every player played their role and had an important job to fill.
Emma Carey held beautifully in the ring, making it easy to deliver balls to her, while Abbey Maconachie and Chelsea Taylor had a great game in defence, making it difficult for their shooters all day.
Holly Robinson and Yami de Peralta had a great defensive game; their fast feet resulted in many intercepts, allowing the team to increase the lead on the scoreboard.
Awards went to Emma Carey (Polkinghorne) and Yami de Peralta (Hong Loch).
The under-13s scored a big 32-18 win over Moama, but the Magpies were too strong in under-12s with a 22-7 result over Finley.
The under-12 girls made strong drives in the centre third and their defence was solid.
Ruby Russell was injured in the second half but Jemma Coombs (Haynes Butchery) took over as GS and demonstrated her great agility skills in the goal circle.
Isabella Kelly was a strong defender and attacker for the game, winning the canteen award.