Saturday’s weather could not have been any more atrocious, however Finley A grade’s performance was far from that on their home courts.
The Cats’ young side played well above their years to push perennial Murray League finalist Tongala right to the final whistle only to go down by just three goals, 35-38.
Finley Awards went to Abbey Maconachie and Chelsea Taylor who worked tirelessly in defence all game.
B grade, Finley 36 def. Tongala 29.
The cold wet conditions didn’t affect the Cats’ performance. Finley were great in defence with Ally Rourke and Zoe Stevens starring. The shooters were on song from the start in another strong team performance.
Awards: Maicie Close and Zoe Stephens. This week will be a tough assignment with a number of players missing.
C reserve, Tongala 28 def. Finley 15
The team had a tough day on the court in the worst weather conditions seen for many years.
The girls seemed to be chasing their Tongala opponents all match with missed opportunities and turnovers too many to count. The whole team tried hard all day but were out-played.
Sasha Wood was awarded the Kellys Grain Award for her efforts in defence and Celene Jamieson received the Thursday night dinner for her continued improvement.
Under 17s: Tongala 48 def. Finley 11.
Under 15s: Tongala 46 def. Finley 20.
Finley had some promising passages of play but came up against a strong and in-form side. To the Cats’ credit they played the game out to the end.
Isabella Kelly was awarded the Finley Bakery Award and Nikola Denny the Canteen Award.
Under 13s: Tongala 25 def. Finley 13.
The 13s worked hard and stayed competitive until the end. They were rewarded with intercepts and turnovers but were unable to rein in the lead despite their best efforts. Morgan Evans worked hard in defence all game and Daisy Daniel had an impact after coming onto the court. Both received the Canteen Award for their fantastic efforts.
Under 13s B: Finley 24 def. Tongala 4.
The Cats came out strong and carried that form for the four quarters. Charlotte Hurlston earned the Bakery Award for her versatility playing out of position in GA.
Amalie Armstrong was as reliable as always in defence with great intercepts and forcing turnovers to earn the Canteen Award.
Under 11s: Finley 10 def. Tongala 0.
The overall improvement across all players was fantastic. The willingness to learn and improve shone through this week. Congratulations to award winners Charlotte Rafferty (Finley Bakery) and Addison Clarke and Imogen Nash (both Canteen Awards).