Young Cats continue to improve
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.