Cats con­quer Road again

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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.

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