A mixed bag for Fe­lines

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES -

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.

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