With an extra hour in the day and beautiful sunshine at Lionel Watts Oval, there were no excuses in missing our late 15:45 start time today. It was a bit of an unknown for everyone today, new team combinations on the field, and a parent cheer squad that had been missing the opportunity to exercise their lung capacity over the summer. Neither of these disappointed.
The game started as a tight affair, with the Cats midfield of Lily S, Lizzy Y, Eliza M and Sami Z clearly enjoying the freedom on no zones and the ability to tackle their opponent freely. The Forest Lions team was strong initially winning the ball out of the centre and threatening our defence of Charlie D, Elin L and Genevieve H on multiple occasions. The ball continually hit a break wall though and was returned efficiently every time. The most pleasing part of the 1st quarter was the way our forward line worked together and held the ball inside the 50m arc. Jeanie N, Grace O, and Maia K ran tirelessly providing options and defended strongly when Forest had the ball.
Eliza M took a great mark in front of goal and kicked truely to score the teams first goal and this was followed by Maia, sneaking out the back and getting our second. The whole team looked fast and agile as the quarter went on in the hot afternoon. This is a great example of what a strong pre-season training can do for the team.
At the quarter time break I am sure I saw Genevieve, Elin and Charlie building a wall in the sand pit covering the cricket pitch in the middle, because in the second quarter Forest Lions only managed a point and at half time we were ahead 5-1-31 to 0-1-1. Lily continued to run strongly and was rewarded with a strong goal in the quarter. Sami scored the first of her 5 goals for the match and Lizzy chimed in for a goal as well.
In the second half, we changed the team around and importantly this had no impact on the teams performance which continued to excel. Grace was everywhere in the middle and courageously tackled everything in her path.
Finally a big thanks to Genevieve for playing up and filling in!
The game ended up 11-3-69 to 2-1-13…
Players player was close between Lily S and Eliza M, Lily S got the nod this week
Spirt award was Maia and Courage went to Grace
Goal kickers for the Cats Sami 5, Elin 1 , Eliza 1, Maia 1 , Lily S 1, Lizzy 1, Grace 1
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