Low on numbers due to the school holidays, but high on confidence, Team McWilliams took on the highly fancied St Ives Saints. St Ives got off to a bright start with a couple of early goals while the Cats steadily worked themselves into the game and although not troubling the scorer in the first quarter, put up a game fight.
In the second and third quarters, against a tall, skilful and fast team, the Cats played some of the best footy we’ve seen from them. Particularly pleasing were the second, third and fourth efforts in both attack and defence and the shepherding and quick handballs that allowed the team to gain possession and move the ball into the forward line. At three quarter time, while still behind on the scoreboard, Avishi had kicked the first and second goals of her AFL career and Tipsy had punted one in from the half forward line. Jaime, Charli and Burna all stood out for their repeated efforts.
Unfortunately, by the last quarter, the effort had told and St Ives kicked away and the scoreboard flattered the winners. A lesson for our girls in playing the game out to the end. Final scores – St Ives Saints 14-15-99 d Lane Cove Cats 3-1-19. Goal Scorers – Katmaneni & Halloran. Player’s Player – Griebel & Morelli.
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