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Cats can’t convert impressive first half

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June 28, 2017

Finley played a sensational first half against the Murray League’s ladder leader but couldn’t quite go on with the job on Saturday.

Playing at home, the Cats trailed the undefeated Moama side by just one goal at half time.

Unfortunately Finley were unable to maintain the pressure in the second half, with Moama forging ahead to win by 26 goals, 61-35.

Finley’s Chelsea Taylor and Abbey Maconachie continue to improve each week, while Chelsea McDonald shot with accuracy and applied good pressure through the mid-court.

Renée Steward continued her good form in defence for the home side, and it was a boost to have Jess Cassanova back in the Finley side this week.

Jess plays tall and strong in shooter.

Katie Archer was also a welcome inclusion this week in wing attack for the Cats and Eloise Ashley-Cooper toiled all game in centre.

Ashley-Cooper earned the RS Club award, while the Thursday night dinner went to Chelsea Taylor and Chelsea McDonald received the ShoeX award.

B grade: Finley 46 defeated Moama 37.

The final score does not adequately illustrate the efforts required for Finley to walk away with the four points this week.

Moama led for the majority of the game which demanded the Cats regroup and increase the intensity.

From the first whistle in the final quarter, the spectators were quickly reminded of the capabilities of this side with Finley producing a massive 12 goal turnaround to take a 9-goal victory.

Emma Hurlston received the Bowling Club Award for her efforts in shutting down an accurate shooting duo.

Undoubtedly the team’s most improved player, Keeley Coates continued her solid form with another impressive game in goals earning her the Hong Loch Award.

C grade: The Cats had a fantastic game with everyone giving 100 per cent to win 50-43.

Finley keeps on getting better every week.

Paula Gowans and Rhiannon Murphy-Riddell shot beautifully with great support around the arc from Peta Gowans, Alex Russell and Renata Morris.

The defenders Shannon Peasley, Sasha Wood and Elyse Price worked tirelessly to bring the ball out of defence.

Paula Gowans received the Golf Club award and the Daisy Mae’s award went to Peta Gowans.

C-res: Finley took the first quarter to warm up and then it was a brilliant game of netball for the next three quarters.

All Cats played a great, tight game keeping everyone watching on the edge of their seats with only a few goals in it after each quarter.

Finley fought hard till the end but went down by one goal. Well done to everyone.

Best on court went to Vanessa Geeves (Tuppal Hotel award) and Hannah Taylor received the ShoeX award.

15s: Finley lost to Moama by two goals, 37-39, in a thriller. The Cats are in fifth place.

13s: The Cats came up against a skilled and tall Moama side and were a bit slow to get started.

Abbey Marshall and Olivia Ciccolini put into practice their movement and angles around the arc in the attacking end and this worked well to create space.

Abbey also had a go at goals this week in the second half switch-up and moved well in and around the circle, earning her the Finley Bakery award.

Izabella Kelly was consistent and determined all game against accurate and tall goalers and she received the Canteen award for her efforts.

Great positive talk and encouragement for the duration of the game from Lily Mae Ogilvie and Olivia Ciccolini. This always helps against strong teams.

Thank you to Morgan Evans and Cassidy Reynolds who came on for the third quarter and did a fantastic job with their attacking moves, defensive pressure and determination.

12s: The U/12 Cats played another amazing game this week.

The shooters hardly missed, attackers were speedy and accurate and defence didn’t ever let the ball pass them by.

The girls put new tactics into practice and worked strategically as a team which really paid off.

Finley Bakery award went to Lexie McGrath and Jordan Gray received the Canteen award.

11s: The Kitties had some tougher competition in the Moama girls this week however they all showed improvement with the different skills they have been working on at training. The Cats were rewarded for their hard work with many turnovers resulting in goals.

The Finley Bakery Award for best on the court went to Makayla Culhane who had a blinder of a game with a lot of intercepts.

There were two FFNC Canteen awards this week with one going to Shiloh Pyle who has worked hard in recent weeks to perfect her shooting style. The second award went to Dakota Pyle who is always reliable in any position but excelled in the centre this week.

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