Cats conquer Road again
For the second time this season Finley A grade got the four points over Congupna.
Played at Finley’s home courts, the Cats clawed their way to a nine goal win over the Road in round 13 of the Murray Netball League.
After an even first term the Cats pulled away slowly in the second and third quarters.
Renee Steward directed play through the middle and was ably assisted by Macie Close, Abbey Maconachie and Eloise Ashley-Cooper.
Having Chelsea McDonald and Toni Campbell back in the goal ring made for easy targets for the attackers to feed.
Savannah Wilson and Chelsea Taylor were strong in defence forcing their opposition to make changes.
Awards: RSC - Savannah Wilson, Country Club - Chelsea Taylor, Thursday dinner - Abbey Maconachie. Final score, Finley 48 to Congupna 39. After a slow first half, B grade lifted to create many breaks to be equal at three quarter time.
The intensity continued into the fourth term with both teams fighting for the win.
Goal for goal in the dying minutes resulted in a draw.
Great defensive pressure by Ally Rourke won her the Eagle-i award.
Helene Steward’s drive and intensity through the mid court secured her the Country Club award and Holly Robinson was awarded the Thursday dinner for her consistent effort all over the court. Final score, Finley 44 drew Congupna 44. The C reserve girls needed the win this week and proved they could get the job done.
It was a whole team effort with all the players having an outstanding game. The attack, mid court and defence worked beautifully to force turnovers with pressure and patience when moving the ball from defence to attack.
Kelly’s Grain best on court went to Bridget Tegart for her defensive efforts and especially her rebounding skills.
Eliza Browne earned the Nicky’s Teapot award for her strong drives through the mid court and great feeding into the shooters. Final score, Finley 40 to Congupna 22. Great game from the under 17s, and especially Emma Carney and Sara Orro who both received awards. Final score, Finley 21 to Congupna 34.
The whole under 15s team contributed to a convincing win.
Lily-Mae Ogilvie played a strong game in defence, intercepting and turning the play around.
Mackenzie Hannan began the game in GS and continued in WA where she used her attacking skills to feed the ball into the ring well. Final score, Finley 39 to Congupna 14. After a strong start in usual positions the third quarter for the under 13s saw a number of positional changes. The coaches were able to test the versatility of the team.
Morgan Evans and Jordan Gray turned defence into attack and shot a number of spectacular goals.
In the final quarter Meg Marshall and Jasmine Burke were moved into shooting positions and landed a number of goals.
Alyssa Denny showed her versatility also moving from defence into attack and providing great drive into the shooters.
Another swap was the ever reliable shooter Sienna Burke moving into defence and her countless intercepts show she has the ability to play at either end of the court.
Amiliah Miaoudis played in all three thirds on the court and moved effortlessly from shooter to defence to mid court.
Finley Bakery award went to Jordan Gray.
Final score, Finley 32 to Congupna 2.
A brave Jerilderie went down fighting to visiting Waaia in round 13 of the Picola Netball League A grade on Saturday.
Despite only having one win on the board, the girls are keeping up with the top teams and making them work hard for the four quarters.
Keeping up this standard of netball will eventually pay off and another win won’t be far away.
Meagan was named the Wunnamurra BOC and showed that she’s still got it — week after week she’s always an option and always provides plenty of positional guidance down the court.
Keshia won the Barlow Ag award being a voice on the court for her teammates.
Brooke also played a blinder, creating a lot of opportunities for turnovers in defence. Final score, Jerilderie 37 lost to Waaia 46. B grade lost 43 to Waaia’s 55. Awards: BOC — Phoebe Watson; SD Landscaping — Millie Stonnill; Colony Inn — Skye Nash.
Despite a loss the C grade girls played a great game coming up against an undefeated Waaia.
The Dees started well going into the first break even, but a second quarter slump saw them down by eight at half time.
An even third quarter left too much to do in the last, and the girls put up a good fight by winning the quarter but going down by six.
Fee and Eden were unstoppable in the goal circle. Another strong game by all defenders.
Awards: BOC — Tianni Hawkins; JNC — Fiona Edwards; Colony Inn — Michelle Baker. Final score, 48 to Waaia 54.
C reserve is continuing to show improvement each week, but the score on Saturday wasn’t reflective of the work the girls put in.
Peta Neessen tried her hand at GS this week and created a lot of space for Fee in the circle.
Sam in her second game gave the girls some much needed height in defence.
Some really positive play this week. Final score, Jerilderie 13 to Waaia 45.
In a game with high pressure and excitement, the under 17s came away with a one goal victory against second placed Waaia.
Anna Pinnuck and Grace Leeds were exceptional in defence.
The mid court worked tirelessly with Katelyn Marshall’s feeding into the the attacking ring a highlight.
Lauren Knight was accurate all day and with Liv Mauger showing composure in the last quarter led the team to victory.
Awards: BOC — Anna Pinnuck; Magic Scissors — Katelyn Marshall; Colony Inn — Liv Mauger. Final score, 34 to Waaia 33. Under 13s all worked as a team but unfortunately couldn’t get up.
The defence worked overtime and played well together to force many turnovers in the ring.
Awards: BOC — Harmony Patu; Jerilderie Newsagency — Tori Lawton; Colony Inn — Emily Marshall. Final score, Jerilderie 7 to Waaia 20.
The young Demons put in a great effort against Waaia and their work in defence was outstanding.
The 11s showed much better movement in attack this week. Well done girls, your improvement each week is great to see.
Awards: BOC — Chelsea Winn; Jerilderie Bakery — Katelyn Wilkinson; Colony Inn — Ava Belling.
Chelsea Taylor was in super form for Finley A grade on Saturday.