A brave Finley A grade lost 50-62 to visiting Deniliquin in Murray Netball League on Saturday.
In a game characterised by high percentage shooting by both teams, Finley were unable to overcome the Rams.
The young Cats were competitive but unable to apply enough pressure consistently throughout the game.
Chelsea Taylor and Abbey McConachie continue to improve each week in defence for Finley.
Renée Steward was strong in defence before moving into centre in the second half providing some height through the midcourt for the home side.
Eloise Ashley-Cooper, Courtney Sexton and Helene Steward were determined through the mid-court.
Finley’s awards went to Chelsea McDonald (Daisy Mae’s) and Jess Cassanova (RS Club) in goal attack and goal shooter respectively.
B grade: Finley 34 def. Deniliquin 30.
Finley maintained top spot on the ladder in the B grade competition in a hard fought win.
The pressure in the midcourt that the Cats applied, particularly at the opposing centre pass, was the determining factor in the match, forcing an error from the Rams or a clean intercept for Finley.
Finley’s forward line capitalised on the opportunities that the defence had provided for them, edging out to a four goal lead that Deni couldn’t recover from.
Awards went to midcourters Maicie Close (Bowling Club) and Kezley Murphy-Riddell (ShoeX).
C grade: Finley 39 drew Deniliquin 39.
The C grade Cats had a brilliant first half to be up by four goals.
The defensive pressure from Deni in the third quarter saw the Cats down by a goal at three quarter time.
The home side fought to the end and came back to draw in the last 20 seconds of the game.
Awards went to Paula Gowans (Gold Club) who shot beautifully and Elyse Price (dinner) who played a great game in WD.
C reserve: Finley 43 def. Deniliquin 25.
The C reserve Cats had a fantastic win against the third placed Rams.
The new look team combined beautifully bringing the ball down the court.
Bridget Tegart played her usual reliable game in defence, assisted by Abbey Taylor, Rhiannon Murphy-Riddell and a returning Emma Evans.
Britt Scott showed her versatility going from defence into centre driving the ball into the attacking end.
Awards went to Emma Evans (Hong Loch) for her defence in WD and Karen Donkin (Tuppal Hotel) who shot like there was no tomorrow.
Under 15s: Finley 25 def. by Deniliquin 43.
The U-15s were challenged this week in a tough game that seemed extremely close despite the score difference.
Consistency is definitely an aspect of the game the team need to work on as there were some moments of brilliance.
Lily Sharp (Finley Bakery) starred in the midcourt and Manaia Joseph’s (Canteen award) continuous effort in defence was a highlight.
Under 13s: Finley 34 def. Deniliquin 26.
The U-13s welcomed back Jemma Coombs from injury on Saturday and she slotted back into the team beautifully, playing a great first half in WA and GS in the second half, earning the Finley Bakery award.
Ruby Russell was once again dominant in attack and she was a standout during opposition throw-ins where she turned defensive, read the play beautifully and gained countless intercepts. Ruby received an award for her outstanding efforts.
Under 12s: Finley 14 def. by Deniliquin 27.
The U-12s played hard this week against their rivals, not quite achieving the score they wanted but definitely playing to the best of their ability.
Awards went to Cassady Reynolds (Canteen) and Meg Marshall (Finley Bakery).
Under 11s: After the bye the Kittens were a bit slow out of the blocks this week, but they soon found their rhythm.
The two Finley Bakery awards went to Makayla Culhane for her countless intercepts and defensive pressure and Josie Coombs for her great drives and awesome shooting.
The two FFNC Canteen Awards went to midcourter Naomi Haynes and the constantly improving Charlotte Rafferty.