Young Cats con­tinue to im­prove

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Fin­ley A grade’s mo­men­tum kept build­ing through­out their game against Co­bram on Satur­day as the Cats came away with a 52-33 win in Mur­ray Net­ball League.

Both teams were able to show­case their tal­ented young players at the Co­bram courts.

Rene´e Stew­ard is find­ing her feet in de­fence, us­ing her height and agility while be­ing able to as­sist young guns Chelsea Tay­lor and Abbey Ma­conachie.

Court­ney Sex­ton, He­lene Stew­ard and Eloise Ash­leyCooper con­trolled the mid court, get­ting many in­ter­cepts and mov­ing the ball quickly through to the Fin­ley shoot­ers.

Chelsea McDon­ald and Jess Cas­sanova had an­other great day shoot­ing.

Fin­ley’s A grade side are find­ing their feet and will be bet­ter for it with the sec­ond half of the sea­son nearly upon us.

There were no pas­sen­gers in last Satur­day’s game — it was a whole team ef­fort.

Star cen­tre Ash­ley-Cooper re­ceived the RS Club award.

B grade: Fin­ley de­feated Co­bram 37 to 19.

Ea­ger to con­tinue their form from last week, the Cats came out fir­ing, scor­ing the first goal.

With a hand­ful of quick turnovers, Fin­ley found them­selves with a com­mand­ing lead at the end of the first quar­ter.

Co­bram made some changes af­ter the break and with re­newed in­ten­sity came back hard, forc­ing Fin­ley to dig deep to en­sure vic­tory.

Emma Hurl­ston was awarded the Bowl­ing Club Award and Holly Robin­son re­ceived the Daisy Mae’s Award for their per­sis­tence in de­fence and com­ing up with timely in­ter­cepts when the op­por­tu­nity arose.

C grade: Sasha Wood, Shan­non Peasley and Re­nata Mor­ris worked beau­ti­fully in de­fence while Peta Gowans and Alex Rus­sell brought the ball down through the mid-court, fin­ish­ing off with some great goals by Janelle Rus­sell and Paula Gowans.

Thanks to Lau­ren Clarke and Brid­get Te­gart for fill­ing in.

The Golf Club Award went to Re­nata Mor­ris and the ShoeX Award to Shan­non Peasley. Scores, Fin­ley won 54-40. C Re­serve: Fin­ley keep get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter each week.

All Cats played a bril­liant game against Co­bram.

Brid­get Te­gart didn’t dis­ap­point in de­fence, earn­ing her best on court and the Tup­pal Ho­tel Award with her end­less in­ter­cepts and re­bounds.

Lau­ren Clarke re­ceived the Thurs­day night din­ner award with her ever con­sis­tent play in cen­tre.

It was a hard week to choose awards as all girls played well. Scores, Fin­ley won 46-35. U15s: Fin­ley def. Co­bram 46-14

U13s: 43-17. Fin­ley def. Co­bram,

The U/13s played a good game on Satur­day with ev­ery­one play­ing their part to con­trib­ute to an­other win.

There were a few turnovers from both sides as the teams stuck tight and con­tested ev­ery ball.

Is­abella Kelly was again dy­namic in de­fence and was ably as­sisted by the con­sis­tent ef­forts of Lily Mae Ogilvie and Jemma Coombs un­til the lat­ter left the game with a wrist in­jury.

Lucy Jayne Bur­don ap­plied great pres­sure through­out the mid court and de­fen­sive end and earned the Can­teen award for her de­ter­mined ef­forts.

Abbey Mar­shall and Olivia Cic­col­ini cre­ated space around the ring and passed well to goalers Ruby Rus­sell and Macken­zie Han­nan who com­bined well to­gether and con­verted turnovers into goals.

Macken­zie re­ceived the Bak­ery Award for her great move­ment and her en­cour­age­ment of team­mates. U12s: Fin­ley def. Co­bram 32-2. U11s: The Kit­tens showed their flex­i­bil­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion this week.

Most of the team were played in po­si­tions that were at the op­po­site end of court than where they would nor­mally play.

This saw Fin­ley’s great at­tack­ers down the other end de­fend­ing and our strong de­fend­ers be­ing our shoot­ers.

All the girls took the chal­lenge in their stride and gave their best as they all do each week.

The Fin­ley Bak­ery award went to Josie Coombs for her great in­ter­cepts in at­tack and de­fence.

The FFNC can­teen award went to Katie John who was the team’s most im­proved this week.

Fin­ley’s Abbey Ma­conachie passes for­ward in A grade on Satur­day.

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