As the eternal summer continued, the U14Gs lined up against the Canada Bay Cannons for the second time this season. After a narrow loss in Rd 1, the Cats were keen to make amends away from home.
With only eight players fit and available, an open game against a closely matched opponent was the order of the day and provided a great opportunity to show off some developing skills and team structure. The first half was an entertaining affair, with the team playing aggressively and finding each other in the open spaces in attack and marking up nicely in defence. Burna scored the opening two goals with some impressive leads and Avishi’s strength and attack on the ball made space in front of goal which led to the third. In the midfield Nat was relentless at the ruck, winning the vast majority of the hitouts and laying some excellent tackles, while Tipsy and Lily shook off a night of partying to run all day, chasing in both directions and Lily took advantage of the open space to slot a long range shot for goal. With more accurate shots, the Cats led at half time 4-2-26 v Cannons 2-5-17.
In the second half, the Cannons found their run putting Armo, Zerna and Lexie in the backline under constant attack. To constant shouts of “mark your player” from the bench, the trio stood strong and repelled many attacks with Armo booming the ball back from the half way line. Despite the outstanding efforts, the Cannons went in to three-quarter time with a nine point lead. In the final quarter, Burna kicked the first goal to bring the match close, but with only minutes to go the Cannons kicked the sealer and took the win.
The crowd was delighted with the effort put in by the girls, impressing Pippa Smyth (Giants WAFL) among others – see picture.
Final scores – Canada Bay Cannons 6-7-43 d Lane Cove Cats 5-4-34. Goal Scorers – Byrne (3), Katamaneni and Dorahy. Player’s Player – Dorahy.
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