The Free Press (Corowa)
MURRAY FELINES Steady gains for Felines
The Murray Felines hosted the Wodonga Raiders at Barkly Park on Sunday in glorious conditions.
It was a tough day at the office for the junior felines coming up against the strong Wodonga Raiders team. However, the team gave a good account for themselves and continue to improve individually and as a team. Though the result of their endeavour is not always reflected on the scoreboard, small improvements in individual and team skill can lead to big improvements in the final result.
Best Players: Anna Mitchell, Milly Cheeseman, Ashlyn Willett, Issy Brooks, Carrington Schmidt, Georgie Upton
The Felines had a great hit out with the Wodonga Raiders. The Felines also had a few key players out and welcomed back to the team Alyssa Chant and Brook Davies.
From the first play of the day, the Wodonga Raiders had come to Barkly Park to play competitive football and in the first quarter they took the game up to the Felines.
Eventually by the end of the first quarter, the Felines had settled and were level on the scoreboard at the first break.
In the second and third quarter, the Felines were able to dominate possession but probably did not do enough in front of the goals and so assert their authority.
The margin at the last break was 2 goals. In the last quarter, the Raiders increased their
In all, it was a very good win against a determined and strong team.
Goal Kickers: A. Bigger 2, G. Thomas 2 Best Players: G. Thomas, K. Shepherdson, A. Jackson, A. Loughnan, Y. Budic, P. Duffy
It was always going to be a tough encounter against the top of the ladder Raiders, and this was the way it turned out to be.
The Felines were competitive in general play and were able to push the Raiders for the majority of the day.
However, the Raiders always had a few more options at their disposal and constantly were able to kick goals throughout the match.
Sinead Lang took one of the best marks seen in the local female league raising up in front of the pack.
Chloe Robinson, Kristin Holmes and Kaitlyn Robinson were strong in the back line and were able to hold out the Raiders attacks on many occasions.
The hard ground at Barkly Park also caused some issues with a number of injuries to the Felines which further stretched their depth.
However, the team battled it out to the end but with the injuries and the extended Raiders bench, the Raiders were able to run out convincing winners.
Best Players: Kaitlyn Robinson, Aleyah Ward, Sinead Lang, Chloe Robinson, Claire Megarrity