The season kicked off in splendid sunshine at Blackman Park as Team McWilliams faced the Canada Bay Cannons in a pretty evenly matched U14 Youth Girls game. The game opened brightly as the Cats dominated possession in the first three quarters. Jaimie, Bronte and Natalie all made their debut with the Cats with strong games, and AFL debutant, Avishi, held down the full forward spot with determined attack on the ball. After being 3 goals down at half time, the Cats had fought back in the third quarter to be 2 points down at the break and as fatigue was starting to set in, it was clear that we were in for a grandstand finish. In the final quarter, a tight struggle for the first ten minutes meant neither team bothered the scorer, but with three minutes to go the Cannons slotted the heart breaker and the game was as good as over.
The Cats can be very proud of the way that they ran out the game. Everybody was strong at the ball and there was plenty of ferocious defence from both sides. Kicking, handballing and general awareness has significantly improved from last season, but the greater space and quicker defence tested our structures and showed, at this level, that the individual efforts need to support the team structures. This was reflected in the score line as the Cannons were able to break free and kick goals, whereas the Cats spent long periods camped in the opposition forward line, unable to find a clear path to goal. Final scores – Canada Bay Cannons 6-2-38 d Lane Cove Cats 3-10-28. Goal Scorers – Armstrong, Dorahy & Griebel. Player’s Player – Armstrong & Halloran.
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