Cats fall away late
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.