Young Cats stand tall

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The ex­u­ber­ance of youth is a tough met­ric to mea­sure — and one that can pro­duce in­con­sis­tent re­sults at times.

But for Fin­ley’s A grade Mur­ray Netball League squad, the recipe has been just right since an ini­tial loss to Rum­balara.

Af­ter defeating Nu­murkah in round one proper, the young Cats came out fir­ing on all cylin­ders against Co­bram on Satur­day evening, even­tu­ally claim­ing vic­tory against the Tigers by seven goals.

For coach Helene Stew­ard, watch­ing her in­ex­pe­ri­enced group click on the court so quickly has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive.

‘‘They have just jelled so beau­ti­fully as a team the last two matches, and (on Satur­day) it just all came to­gether for us,’’ Stew­ard said.

‘‘Our se­cond old­est player is only 20 or 21. They just showed in­cred­i­ble ma­tu­rity for such a young squad.

‘‘Even at the quar­ter breaks I barely had to say any­thing, they were en­cour­ag­ing each other and talk­ing about what they could im­prove on or what they were do­ing well.’’

The round two con­test at Fin­ley Apex Sports and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was tight through­out, with the fi­nal mar­gin close to the largest of the match.

‘‘It was a re­ally great game, it was a lot closer on court than what it looks from the fi­nal score,’’ Stew­ard said.

‘‘It got to within two goals in the last quar­ter and we just man­aged to steady, it was tight and our girls just kept their head.’’

Shania Bent­ley im­pressed for the Cats along­side Ruby Rus­sell in the goal cir­cle, while Sa­van­nah Wil­son and Lau­ren Yeo stood tall in the de­fen­sive third.

Maicie Close was fan­tas­tic again in WA with her drive through the mid­court and her de­fen­sive pres­sure was ex­cel­lent.

Holly Robin­son and Tiarna Burke also linked well through the mid­court to de­liver the home side a seven goal vic­tory. Fi­nal score, Fin­ley 53 to Co­bram 46. Awards: RS Club - Shania Bent­ley; Coun­try Club - Maicie Close.

The B grade Cats had an­other tough, tightly con­tested game but it was Co­bram play­ing a great last quar­ter to se­cure the win.

Helene Stew­ard had a fan­tas­tic game in goals and worked hard de­fen­sively in the mid­court.

El­yse Price was again in­valu­able in de­fence get­ting many taps and in­ter­cepts and link­ing well with the at­tack­ers to get the ball through the mid­court. Fi­nal score, Co­bram 40 to Fin­ley 34. Awards: Ea­gle I - Helene Stew­ard; Coun­try Club - El­yse Price.

It was a tough game for the C grade Cats this week, with Co­bram prov­ing too strong. Fi­nal score, Co­bram 61 to Fin­ley 13. Awards: Kelly Grains - Sasha Wood; Daisy Mae’s - Kaylee Lons­dale.

The Un­der 17s saw a tightly con­tested game for four quar­ters with the Cats go­ing down by one goal in the fi­nal sec­onds.

A fan­tas­tic ef­fort across all po­si­tions on the court with Fin­ley de­fend­ers Is­abella Kelly and Isabel Alexan­der com­bin­ing well.

Mid­courters Sarah Haynes, Niamh Ma­son and Elle Rochford made strong leads and brought the ball through the cen­tre and de­liv­ered well to the at­tack­ing end.

Char­lie Ma­son played with in­ten­sity and a never give up at­ti­tude, de­fend­ing ev­ery pass and putting the pres­sure on down the court.

Cats goalers Sarah Orro, Mi­caelie Price and Piper Doyle com­bined well, re­gard­less of what com­bi­na­tion was in the goal cir­cle and they used their an­gles well to get a bet­ter po­si­tion. Fi­nal score, Co­bram 28 to Fin­ley 27. Awards: Fin­ley Bak­ery - Char­lie Ma­son; FFNC Can­teen - Piper Doyle.

A great team ef­fort from the U15s Cats saw them record a 13 goal win.

Court­ney Lunn stepped up into her de­fence po­si­tion and dom­i­nated right from the first whis­tle tak­ing in­ter­cept af­ter in­ter­cept.

Down the other end of the court Amar­lee Price rarely missed a goal and was very strong with her re­bound­ing. Fi­nal score, Fin­ley 24 to Co­bram 11. Awards: Fin­ley Bak­ery - Court­ney Lunn; FFNC Can­teen - Amar­lee Price.

The U13s Cats had yet an­other great win this week against Co­bram.

There were some great pas­sages of play from Fin­ley, with the ver­sa­til­ity in the team a high­light. Fi­nal score, Fin­ley 38 to Co­bram 18. Awards: Fin­ley Bak­ery - Si­enna Burke; FFNC Can­teen - Daisy Daniel.

An­other much im­proved game by the U11s Cats saw them score a two goal win.

Co­bram had some tall play­ers but Fin­ley made sure they came in front and made sure of their passes.

Ad­di­son Clarke had a great day in the goals and was sup­ported well by Remi Pyle and Lexi Armstrong.

Ruby Tay­lor had an­other great game in the cen­tre along with Zahlia Lawler.

Paige Gray, Imo­gen Nash, Char­lotte Flem­ing and Lilly McNa­mara all worked well in de­fence get­ting plenty of in­ter­cepts along the way. Fi­nal score, Fin­ley 5 to Co­bram 3. Awards: Fin­ley Bak­ery - Imo­gen Nash; FFNC Can­teen - Remi Pyle.

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