Mixed results for Finley netballers

A-grade: Finley 51 def Numurkah 39.

The Finley A-grade girls hit the court determined to get another win against the Numurkah side.

Suffering another week without one of their centre court players saw the girls hit the court in a mix of positions.

The girls took a comfortable lead and came off in high spirits at half time.

Unfortunately, a few too many changes on the court and fatigue saw the third quarter prove tough.

The Numurkah side took the opportunity to close the gap on the score.

In the last quarter, Finley took the court and worked hard to find their groove again, taking the win defeating Numurkah 51 to 39.

Shania Bentley shone on court creating flow for the attacking end, working tirelessly in the circle to add points to the board.

Ruby Russell took no time warming up, shooting accurately and putting huge effort into putting into play the things they had worked on during training the prior weeks.

Special mentions to Daisy Daniel who again worked tirelessly in WD and continues to show huge improvement each and every week, and Jordan Gray who did a fantastic job after stepping up and filling in to play her second full game of the day.

Kelly’s Grains Best on this week went to Shania Bentley and the Daisy Mae’s award went to Ruby Russell.

B-grade: Finley 29 def by Numurkah 39.

The girls went into the game determined and pumped to grab a win from Numurkah.

The first half was a slow start and saw some unforced skill errors, but the girls chipped away being only two down after the first quarter and six at half time.

The team came out firing in the third quarter, with well timed leads, creating space down court, great feeds and positioning in the ring from our goalers.

Amarlee Price was on fire in the goals, and our defenders pulled in multiple intercepts and strong rebounds. We started the last quarter only trailing by one goal.

Unfortunately it was not to be, with the opposition shutting down our scoring opportunities.

Defence again stepped up to the challenge led by Jordan Gray, to hold off the final score to just ten.

Awards: BOC Marshall Ag Repairs - Jordan Gray; Essential Hair - Amarlee Price.

C-grade: Finley 26 def by Numurkah 54.

It was a very depleted C-grade team this week due to Illness and injury, which gave a lot of our capable juniors a chance to step up.

Sarah Bauer played her first senior game and played a solid game in defence, with countless intercepts and rebounds which earned her best on court.

Megan Vallance was ever reliable in defence and throughout the mid court, and provided great direction for the younger girls.

Mikayla Simpson also played her first senior game, stepping up from under-15s, and applied a lot of pressure throughout the midcourt.

Special mention to Meg Marshall, Charlotte Rafferty, Tamzin Bell and Sharni Sykes for helping us out this week.

Awards: Eagle I Machinery- Sarah Bauer; Finley Pilates; Clinical Myotherapy- Megan Vallanc and Mikayla Simpson.

C-reserve: Finley 59 def Numurkah 25.

The C-res girls had a solid win against a much improved Numurkah side than we played earlier in the season.

The team came out and had a cracking first quarter, which is good news as first quarters usually aren’t their strongest!

A few ups and downs in the middle two quarters with Numurkah closing the gap, but a strong last quarter saw them close out a comfortable win!

Three Rivers Earthmoving Best on Court went to Karen Donkin for her great attack at centre passes and super shots in the ring!

The Finley Country Club award went to Kirsty Clarke whose experience in WA keeps bamboozling her opponents.

Under-17s: Finley 33 def by Numurkah 65.

The under-17s girls started out strong and by half time they were only three goals down.

Poor communication and Numurkah’s talented shooters saw the score go down at the end.

Awards: Tocumwal Golf Resort Award - Shiloh Pyle; Finley Bakery Award - Kate Purtill.

Under-15s: Finley 37 def Numurkah 24.

It was a great win by the under-15s on Saturday.

The focus was to start strong and to have confidence in our own set plays.

Their goalers played a terrific game clocking up the highest score for this season so far, working so well together with improved movement in the ring, putting up some fantastic shots and backing each other up with rebounds.

Special mention to Charlotte Fleming who shot 24 goals.

Our mid courters drove the ball down court with fast ball movement and leads against some tall opposition, took some great intercepts and fed the ball countless times into our goalers.

Our defenders had a challenge today, but rose up to the occasion, adapting with tight defence against a tall shooter, multiple turnovers from reading the play and strong rebounds.

Awards: Finley Bakery - Charlotte Fleming; FFNC Canteen - Mikayla Simpson.

Under-13s: Finley 18 def by Numurkah 38.

There were lots of great passages of play today from the under-13s girls. Maddy Price shot accurately all game and had strong drives, earning her best on court.

Matilda Burton proved how versatile she is switching from defence to attack so effortlessly, and also shot and moved well in the ring.

Awards: Bakery Award - Maddy Price; FFNC Canteen - Matilda Burton.

Under-11s: Not scored.

Our littlest Cats had an outstanding game against Numurkah.

The passages down the court looked amazing with a goal to score at the end.

Pippa Evans’ versatility to shoot and defend from opposite ends of the court was exciting to watch.

Sophie Gregson’s dedication to want the ball throughout every aspect on the court was really great to see!

Awards: Bakery - Sophie Gregson; Canteen - Pippa Evans.