Finley netball

By Southern Riverina News

Finley’s A grade got the better of Katandra in the battle of the felines in round eight of the Murray League on Saturday.

It was the young Cats side’s best team effort for the season so far with all contributing to the 18 goal victory, combining beautifully and capitalising on all opportunities.

Maicie Close worked relentlessly through the centre and delivered the ball effectively to the shooters and Ruby Russell’s movement in the ring along with on point shooting was impressive.

Final score, Finley 52 to Katandra 34.

Awards: Finley RS Club - Maicie Close; Hong Loch - Ruby Russell.

In a close match the B grade Cats were unable to overcome Katandra’s lead in the fourth quarter.

On a positive note Elyse Price notched up her 100th senior game for the club and had another consistent effort on court.

Nicola Denny continued to run through the centre and battle hard until the final whistle.

Final score, Katandra 40 to Finley 37.

Awards: Eagle I - Elyse Price; Daisy Mae’s - Nicola Denny.

Finley’s C grade started off well being quite competitive in the first half, but Katandra got away from the Cats in the second half.

Final score, Katandra 53 to Finley 30.

Awards: Kelly Grains - Kirsty Clarke; Hong Loch - Karen Donkin

The Under 17s Cats demonstrated they have come far from where they began the season, despite suffering an 11 goal loss.

Isabel Alexander stretched tall to hold her three feet and stepped up to her player to keep her from getting in the ring as she played GK.

She was supported by Isabella Kelly who was able to adjust her game plan to match it with her opponent playing GD.

Charlie Mason was hungry for the ball and defended strongly in both WD and GK.

Lucy-Jayne Burdon had great focus and defended well in WD.

Niamh Mason front cut her opponent well on centre passes and fed the shooters as WA, and Shianne Mason is proving to be a versatile player in both defence and attack positions.

Elle Rochford played a defensive centre role, intercepting well, running the ball and feeding the shooters.

Sarah Orro held her own as shooter and moved well in the ring while Piper Doyle stood her ground against some tough defenders, worked the ring well and shoot some critical goals.

Final score, Katandra 32 to Finley 21.

Awards: Finley Bakery - Elle Rochford; FFNC Canteen - Shianne Mason.

It was a close game for Finley’s U15s this week. The Cats managed to be in front at quarter and half time but unfortunately couldn’t hold on to the lead, letting the game get away in the third and fourth quarter.

Jordan Gray stepped up in defence taking multiple intercepts all the way down the court.

Stella Mason was also strong throughout the midcourt and defensive end stepping up and playing a position where she has never played before.

Final score, Katandra 26 to Finley 20.

Awards: Finley Bakery - Jordan Gray; FFNC Canteen - Stella Mason.

After having two weeks off, the U13s Cats had an excellent game, finishing 30 goals in front of Katandra at the final whistle.

Both the attacking and defensive end worked so well together.

Final score, Finley 33 to Katandra 3.

Awards: Jasmine Burke and Shiloh Pyle.

The U11s kittens came out firing after a few weeks off.

The defenders kept the pressure on Katandra’s shooters while attackers ran the ball down to the shooters, who moved around the circle and shot well.

Remi Pyle worked tirelessly in attack and even hauled in a few intercepts in defence as well, while Ruby Taylor put in plenty of work in the centre

Final score, Finley 12 to Katandra 2.

Awards: Finley Bakery - Remi Pyle; FFNC Canteen - Ruby Taylor.