Cats fall away late

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A grade: Fin­ley 35 def. by Nu­murkah 44. The A grade Cats took it up to sec­ond placed Nu­murkah, just fall­ing away in the last few min­utes of the game.

A ter­rific de­fen­sive ef­fort and high per­cent­age shoot­ing saw the Cats lead at the first change and the long break, be­fore trail­ing by two at the fi­nal change.

They re­mained pos­i­tive and played the game out but could not con­tain the fast fin­ish­ing Nu­murkah in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Chelsea McDon­ald shot with great ac­cu­racy and had her best de­fen­sive game of the sea­son, tak­ing in­ter­cepts in the mid court.

Her fel­low at­tacker, Jess Cas­sanova, was great as goal shooter earn­ing the Bowl­ing Club Award.

Helene Stew­ard was good in wing de­fence for a half.

Court­ney Sex­ton won her po­si­tion in wing at­tack and the Daisy Mae’s Award.

Rene´e Stew­ard was ex­cel­lent in goal de­fence and cen­tre. She was ably sup­ported by Chelsea Taylor and Abbey McConachie, and Eloise Ash­ley-Cooper was con­sis­tent in cen­tre. B grade: Fin­ley 42 def. Nu­murkah 25. The Cats earned the hon­our of top spot on the lad­der af­ter a con­vinc­ing win on Satur­day.

Once again Alli Rourke and Em Hurl­ston played an out­stand­ing game in de­fence with re­lent­less pres­sure on the Nu­murkah shoot­ers to cause many turnovers; these two are the back­bone of a young team.

Maicie Close is hav­ing a stel­lar sea­son so far and showed once again how she con­trols the mid­court cre­at­ing count­less op­por­tu­ni­ties for the goalers to cap­i­talise on.

Holly Robin­son is called upon to play in many po­si­tions for the Cats ev­ery week and con­tin­ues to play at 100 per cent.

The Bowl­ing Club award went to Maicie Close and Holly Robin­son re­ceived the Daisy Mae’s award. C grade: Fin­ley 47 def. by Nu­murkah 61. Fin­ley came up against a much more phys­i­cal Nu­murkah side on Satur­day.

The first quar­ter was pretty even, but then it got away from them.

Paula Gowans re­ceived the Golf Club award for her clean play and ac­cu­rate shoot­ing. She was well as­sisted by Rhi­an­nan Mur­phy-Rid­dell who re­ceived the ShoeX award. C re­serve: Fin­ley 38 def. by Nu­murkah 51. The Cats had a tough game against the Blues on Satur­day with all girls putting in a great ef­fort, show­ing how much they have im­proved since the start of the sea­son.

Sally Bick­er­ton did a fan­tas­tic job in WA and cen­tre, cre­at­ing space and get­ting the ball down to her shoot­ers with ease earn­ing her the Tup­pal Ho­tel award.

Un­der 15s: Fin­ley 25 def. by Nu­murkah 32. U-13s: Fin­ley 30 def. Nu­murkah 21. Af­ter a slow start the girls were able to re­group and put to­gether some great pas­sages of play for the re­main­ing three quar­ters to come away with the win.

Macken­zie Han­nan was ex­cel­lent in goals, mak­ing strong leads in and out of the cir­cle and putting her shots up with con­fi­dence, re­ceiv­ing the Fin­ley Bak­ery award for her ef­forts.

Ruby Rus­sell did a fan­tas­tic job to main­tain in­ten­sity af­ter al­ready play­ing a full game of net­ball be­fore this game. She shot beau­ti­fully and pro­vided great de­fen­sive pres­sure through­out the mid-court, earn­ing her the Can­teen award.

Thank you to Cas­sidy Reynolds for fill­ing in, play­ing a beau­ti­ful game in de­fence and slot­ting seam­lessly into the team.

Iz­abella Kelly was ever re­li­able in goal de­fence and mid­courters Abbey Mar­shall, Lucy-Jayne Bur­don and Olivia Cic­col­ini worked hard all game and cre­ated space and turnovers. U-12s: Fin­ley 24 def. Nu­murkah 8. The Cats had an­other great win this week and showed even more im­prove­ment.

De­fence was strong and the en­thu­si­asm kept them go­ing the whole game.

Awards went to Amil­iah Mioudis and Cas­sidy Reynolds.

U-11s: It was a very cool start for the Cats this week with the tem­per­a­ture just hit­ting zero when they took the court at Nu­murkah.

There were some great pas­sages of play but also lots of fum­bles with cold hands.

All the girls were played in a va­ri­ety po­si­tions and are all adapt­ing well to play­ing in both at­tack and de­fence as well as run­ning through the mid­court.

The Fin­ley Bak­ery & Patis­serie Award went to Sarah Bauer who had mul­ti­ple in­ter­cepts in GK and also gave her all in GS.

The FFNC can­teen award went to Demi Mar­shall who is gain­ing more con­fi­dence with ev­ery game.

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