Steward celebrates 150th with strong win

May 17, 2018

Renee Steward being cheered onto the court for her 150th game on Saturday. Photo supplied by Terri-Lea Anderson.

Finley A grade were able to celebrate star midcourter Renee Steward’s 150th game with a win over Mulwala on Saturday.

Playing at home there were no passengers for the cats which made it difficult for Mulwala to gain momentum.

Finley coach Chelsea McDonald led the team in a dominating game, and the rest of the Cats followed her standard.

Toni Campbell was accurate in the arc, while Steward’s consistency throughout the middle gave Finley plenty of intercepts.

Tiarna Burke and Maicie Close once again doubled up in grades for the club and both gave plenty of drive into the ring.

Finley’s young defence in Abbey Maconachie, Savannah Wilson and Chelsea Taylor showed great form to force many turnovers. Finley won 54 to 40.

Finley awards: Chelsea McDonald, Savannah Wilson, Renee Steward, Chelsea Taylor.

Ally Rourke is the rock solid B grade defender who notched up an impressive 250 senior games for the Cats on Saturday.

She fought hard in defence, pressuring Mulwala’s gaolers and pulling in plenty of rebounds.

In the first half Mulwala capitalised on Finley’s lack of drive.

Tiarna Burke and Maicie Close had an impact coming on in the third quarter but it wasn’t enough.

Helene Steward was ever reliable in the ring, moving and shooting well, however Mulwala’s defensive pressure reduced the number of scoring opportunities.

Mulwala 47 def. Finley 29. Awards: Ally Rourke (Eagle-i), Helene Steward (Thursday Dinner).

C reserve: Finley 39 def. Mulwala 37.

A hard fought and well deserved win, with the whole team contributing.

Coach Karen Donkin went in with a game plan that raised a few eyebrows with her changes in the last quarter, but her decision was of course the right one and a two-goal deficit became a two-goal win at the final whistle.

The Kellys Grain award went to Celene Jamieson who as a first year player is showing her versatility and improvement each week. Her change from GK to GS in the last quarter rattled the defence and after getting her first goal her confidence grew and she settled into the position.

Elyse Price took out the Nikki’s Teapot award for her countless intercepts, strong drives from defence to attack and constant defensive pressure on her opponent.

Unfortunately a loss this week for the U17 Cats but keep up the hard work and with improvement a win is around the corner. Mulwala 28 def. Finley 15.

It was a fast paced game which saw the U15s down by eight goals after the first quarter.

The Cats fought back to have a goal-for-goal game in the last quarter.

Mackenzie Hannan began the game in WA and stepped into the GS position where she worked the ring well and was accurate in her shooting.

Piper Doyle began the game as GS then switched to GD in the third quarter playing a key role in defence. She then ended the game at GS where she shot goals at crucial parts of the game.

Finley 36 drew with Mulwala 36. Awards: Mackenzie Hannan (canteen) and Piper Doyle (Finley Bakery).

U13s had a great win. Both defence and attack was strong throughout.

Alyssa Denny had a great game at WD causing a number of turnovers and Amiliah Miaoudis shot with great accuracy.

Finley 39 def. Mulwala 10. Awards: Alyssa Denny (Finley Bakery) and Amiliah Miaoudis (canteen).

A strong game this week for the whole Under 13s B team. Finley 33 def. Mulwala 8.

The Cats are consistently improving with strong drives, great intercepts and excellent defensive pressure all over the court.

Finley Bakery Award went to Amarlee Price whose first game at the club showed impressive passing skills.

The Canteen Award went to Charlotte Hurlston for her constant defensive pressure and skill improvement.

The girls had another tough game this week in the U11s. They had some good passages of play, some strong leads and many intercepts.

Mulwala 12 def. Finley 3.

Awards: Charlotte Rafferty (Finley Bakery), Katie John (canteen).

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