A mixed bag for Felines
The Murray Felines travelled to take on the Thurgoona Bulldogs on Sunday in perfect football conditions. For a change, the Thurgoona oval was also in excellent condition. Murray Felines 2.2 14 def by Thurgoona Bulldogs 21.12 138
The Junior Felines finished off their home and away season with a solid match against Thurgoona. The first quarter was a great tussle with the tackling and pressure by both teams intense.
As a result, there were many stoppages and the Felines struggled to get the ball out to their runners.
Melody Lynch showed a clean pair of hands with her inside-outside work and being able to drive the ball deep into the forward line on numerous occasions.
Mackenzie Lewis was fierce with her tackling pressure and the backline held the Thurgoona team scoreless.
The arm wrestle continued into the second quarter when slowly but surely the Felines were able to apply scoreboard pressure.
Leela Rossa, Mikaela Shepherd and Emily Nicholson progressively worked into the game as the match opened up.
In the third quarter, the Felines took a match winning lead with the forward line headed by Breanna Wojtowyez, Emily Robinson and Alyssa Chant all scoring goals.
The Felines ran out the last quarter winning by 60 points, and it completes an undefeated home and away season for the Felines.
“The match was a good hit out leading into the finals. The Thurgoona team is a vastly improved team and they took the game up to us. It is pleasing to take out the minor premiership, however, as everyone knows the home and away season qualifies for the finals and then the work starts again. We should have the confidence that if we bring the right approach to each game, we will be very competitive in the finals series,” Coach Brad Nicholson said.
The open team took on the rampaging and star studded Thurgoona Bulldogs in their last match for the season. Thurgoona sit on top of the ladder undefeated with a percentage that is the envy of every AFL team battling to stay in the eight.
The Bulldogs showed their class and running style all day and were able to run out convincing winners.
However, the open Felines underlined their improvement during the season when, for large periods of play, they were able to match it with the more fancied Thurgoona opponents.
Carlie Smith was once again in the thick of every pack, Maddy Lyons and Skye Simpson battled hard, Paige Cooper racked up many possessions from centre half back and Lilian Walton, Cian Argus and Tahlia Simpson had good games in the defence.
The difference between the teams was the class exhibited by some of the Thurgoona players to run, link up and carry the ball deep into the forward line. As the season closes for the open team, they should be very proud of their improvement and achievements for the season. Their all-round improvement and defensive pressure has been commented upon by the opposing coaches of the top three teams, for the past three weeks. With a number of players to graduate from the Under 16 team, next season is looking very promising for both Felines teams.
The Felines would like to thank their sponsors Corowa RSL, Rutherglen Physiotherapy and Pickers Café for their support during the season.
The Under 16s take on the Alpine Lions in the qualifying final next Sunday at Lavington with the winner progressing straight to the grand final.
Under 16s player Melody Lynch on the tear supported by Mietta Habits and Mikaela Shepherd.