The match up this week was against Queenwood, a top four team who beat us by a goal in a gripping game last time around.
With the holidays over and the band back together, it seemed like a long time since a home game on the desert tan Steve Chisolm oval. With a quick opposition ready to exploit the open spaces it was always going to be a good test of our structures and team work.
It was great to see the girls settle in to their work from the get go. The midfield got things moving, with Nat and Jaime taking turns in the ruck and Eloise and Lily teaming up to grab the crumbs and getting the ball forward. The team structures and roles are now working pretty well and while the game was fairly closely matched, the Cats won the opening salvos and took a goal lead into the first quarter break. Coach Jemma’s instructions at quarter time were to keep the pressure on and “build the wall” and with Lexie, Charli and Armo holding the back line, the team managed to hold the opposition goalless for the first half. Half time Cats 2-2-14 vs Queenwood 0-2-2.
The third quarter was a coach’s dream. The wall not only got built, it made the Warragamba Dam look a bit fragile. Ball after ball was repelled back into the forward time where Amber and Emma had their busiest game of the season and first-timer Rojia got to see plenty of the ball up close. It was good to see the training drills being exercised in a game situation and the shepherding and hand offs were plentiful and accurate. Three quarter time Cats 4-5-29 vs Queenwood 0-2-2.
The final quarter saw the opposition come out full of running and fight, but the Cats maintained their composure and found their structure again. A true team effort and a game the which the Cats can have great pride.
Final scores – Lane Cove Cats 5-6-36 d Queenwood 1-2-8. Goal Scorers – Dorahy (3), Byrne, Morelli. Player’s Player – Morelli. Debut – Rozaei.
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