Finley moves to 6th spot

August 04, 2017

Finley travelled to Nathalia well-prepared to take on the Purples on their home turf, winning 45 to 35 to move into the top six of Murray Netball League A grade.

Chelsea McDonald and Jess Cassanova continued their impressive shooting and were superb in attack.

Courtney Sexton won her position in wing attack passing into the shooters faultlessly.

Renée Steward went back into goal defence and rebounded strongly and provided great run.

Helene Steward had a good half in wing defence but left the court due to injury.

Chelsea Taylor came on as keeper working hard against Nathalia’s tall shooter and Abbey McConachie was moved out to wing defence where she was very disruptive.

Eloise Ashley-Cooper ran in centre and was most potent in the first half getting touches and intercepts.

RS Club award went to Renée Steward and the Thursday night dinner to Courtney Sexton.

The B grade Cats were a little slow to start on Saturday in trying conditions, but recovered to win 41 to 15.

Taking the first quarter to adjust to the wind factor, Finley came out firing in the second to set up a commanding lead which continued to stretch out for the duration of the match.

When the Cats committed to a full court press Nathalia rarely had the answers to combat the pressure.

Lily Sharp, Savannah Wilson and Maicie Close were quick off the lines at the centre passes and brought the ball though the midcourt expertly, feeding in to the ever improving shooters in Keeley Coates and Bronte Russell.

Allison Rourke and Emma Hurlston were consistent in defence and Kezley Murphy-Riddell was amazing in the centre, controlling the tempo of the match and running tirelessly for the entire game to earn the Bowling Club Award.

The C grade Cats had another great win this week against Nathalia with some high scoring, 53 to 28.

Peta Gowans received the Golf Club award for her beautiful defence and the Daisy Mae’s award went to Renata Morris for her great goaling.

The Under 15s had a tough game against Nathalia, grinding out a 27 to 19 win.

The effort displayed by all of the girls was undeniable but some messy passages of play hindered the quality of the game.

Lily Sharp and Manaia Joseph worked tirelessly all day in defence, causing numerous turnovers.

Similarly Meg Marsden, Niamh Mason, Sarah Orro and Sarah Haynes ran all day in the mid court and showed their want for the ball and the win.

Savannah Wilson and Piper Doyle were persistent in goals with the strong wind making it difficult.

The Finley Bakery award went to Meg Marsden and Sarah Orro received the Canteen award.

A slow starting Finley’s U-13s settled into the game and gradually built up their lead over the next three quarters to down the Purples 34 to 18.

The defensive combination of Izabella Kelly and Jemma Coombs was effective in shutting down opportunities for the Nathalia goalers to score and both girls applied great defensive pressure in the ring.

Ruby Russell and Mackenie Hannan passed well to each other in the goal circle, made good leads and shot beautifully.

Mid-courters Lucy-Jayne Burdon, Morgan Evans, Cassidy Reynolds and Olivia Ciccolini worked tirelessly to deliver the ball to the goalers and turned defensive to apply pressure through the mid-court.

Mackenzie Hannan was awarded the Finley Bakery award while Olivia Ciccolini received the Canteen award.

The Cats’ U-12s were again up against tight competition, falling to Nathalia 28 to 10.

While they maintained their determination for the first half of the game, they started to fall behind later on.

Cassidy Reynolds and Jordan Gray received the Finley Bakery and Canteen awards respectively for their strong defence in the arc.

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