Cats conquer Road again

By Southern Riverina News

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.