Strong start sets up win

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES - Fin­ley’s A-graders se­cured their eighth win of the Mur­ray Net­ball League sea­son with a 12-goal re­sult over Moama on Satur­day.

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.

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