Competitive Cats fall to Congupna

June 21, 2017

A grade: Finley A grade 36 lost to Congupna 48.

The Cats were hampered by sickness and injury this week.

This enabled Maicie Close and Holly Robinson to make their debut in A grade and they were competitive through our mid court.

Renée Steward, Chelsea Taylor and Abbey McConachie were strong in defence.

The attack worked hard and Chelsea McDonald was Finley’s best shooter on the day supported by Helene Steward and Eloise Ashley-Cooper.

The team found it hard to maintain intensity after losing Courtney Sexton to injury in the last quarter.

B grade: Finley 46 defeated Congupna 28.

The highlight of the Cats’ campaign on the netball court at Congupna was B grade again having the opportunity to showcase some of the club’s up and coming stars. Three under 15s players helped make up numbers, some for their debut senior game.

Lily Sharp, Nicola Denny and Manaia Joseph were extraordinary. Playing their second matches for the day with such vigour and determination, each contributed impressively to the team’s 18 goal defeat over The Road.

The ever reliable Holly Robinson had a blinder in the centre with intercept after intercept earning her the Bowling Club award. The Thursday night dinner was awarded to young gun Lily Sharp, who demonstrated her flexibility with her seemingly effortless transition from defence to shooting.

C grade: Finley 50 defeated Congupna 49.

On what was a beautiful winter day, all girls played well together to hold on to a tight win.

Best on court went to Brittany Scott (Golf Club award) and Bridget Tegart (Hong Loch award) for their tight defence in the ring all game.

C reserve: Finley 48 defeated Congupna 40.

The Cats consolidated sixth spot on the ladder with an impressive eight goal win.

Under 15s: Finley 55 defeated Congupna 21.

Finley’s under 15s had an impressive day on the court to dominate The Road on Saturday.

Under 13s: Finley 33 to Congupna 3.

The under 13s girls got away to a great start on Saturday and were able to maintain a solid lead for the duration of the game.

Ruby Russell provided strong leads into the goal circle right from the first whistle and she shot with accuracy and confidence.

Mackenzie Hannan read the play well, keeping her eyes up and sending quick passes to Ruby to capitalise on turnovers.

Izabella Kelly and Lily-Mae Ogilvie were strong and steady in defence and maintained pressure for the full four quarters.

Lucy-Jayne Burdon took plenty of intercepts throughout the game and the ever reliable Abbey Marshall created space with her strong leads and got the ball quickly to our attack end with her strong accurate passes.

Olivia Ciccolini played a consistent game in centre but loved the opportunity to have a go in goals.

While there were moments of scrappy play, a quarter time speech from Paula ensured that the girls weren’t complacent and that they played out the full four quarters, focusing on making good leads and completing strong passes.

To Congupna’s credit, they never gave up.

Thank you to Jasmine and Sienna for being so organised and for sitting on the bench for us.

Awards: Finley Bakery - Mackenzie Hannan, Canteen award - Abbey Marshall.

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