Daniel awarded with Coach of the Year

August 30, 2017

The Finley Wildcats had some success at the Shepparton District Junior Football League vote count and awards ceremony at Princess Park in Shepparton Monday night.

Wildcats coach Jorja Daniel was awarded the honour of Coach of the Year in the Youth Girls competition, with the Finley team also receiving the award for the Most Disciplined team, as judged by the umpires.

Finley onballer Eloise Ashley-Cooper also impressed in the vote count finishing third in best and fairest voting.

Daniel said her award win was a big surprise to her.

‘‘I received an email saying that I was invited to the vote count because I coached the interleague side and because we had Eloise invited to go I thought I better rock up,’’ she said.

‘‘It wasn’t expected but it was definitely a welcomed surprise.

‘‘I’ve had a pretty busy year, coaching the V-Line Cup Goulburn Murray girls, SDJFL interleague side, the Wildcats and also the Murray Bushrangers girls side as an assistant coach.

‘‘I’ve seen a lot of girls coming up the ranks and it’s a very exciting time for the AFL Women’s competition with the talent that’s on its way.’’

Daniel will be looking to add another trophy to the cabinet as the Wildcats take on Shepparton Notre Bears in the SDJFL grand final at Deakin Reserve in Shepparton on Sunday.

The game between the Wildcats and the Bears should be a closely contested game, with the Wildcats handing the Bears their first loss of the year in the semi finals.

Finley will be relying on the good form of Paige Nash, Eloise Ashley-Cooper, Ruby and Hannah Stewart, Elle Brooks and Hayley Doohan.

The Wildcats will miss the firepower of Olivia Wells but will be hoping Rhiannon Murphy-Riddell and Olivia Cicolini will sneak a few goals.

Young guns Charlie Mason, Lucy-Jayne Burdon and Nicola Denny are always having an impact and their determinaton will be sure to be contagious.

Shianne Mason had a tremendous game against the Bears the last time they met with Taylor Simpson, Lily Sharp and Victoria Alexander all strong in defence.

Kayla Smith’s speed was vauable after she missed a few games concentrating on athletics, but she will be back and raring to go on Sunday.

Grace Leeds brings plenty of experience and reliable Lauren Clarke at full back will required to bring on their best games.

Wildcats have missed Holly Robinson, who has been out since early July and will miss the decider, but with the inclusion of Jade O’Bryan, Sophi Bury and Katie Archer, the Wildcats are confident they can bring home the silverware.

The game will be on from the first bounce and Wynta Brain will no doubt be tireless in her efforts in the ruck to get the game on Finley’s terms early.

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