A glorious winter’s day greeted the eventual start of season 2020. A dedicated
recruiting effort over winter had kept the core of last year’s team, promoted the
cream of last year’s U12s and picked up three promising youngsters in the draft,
all making their debut in the season opener.
The opening match was against the Canada Bay Cannons, who beat us narrowly
twice last year, so the game represented a great opportunity to see how much
progress the team had made since last season. A full complement of 16 players
meant a full field, perhaps not so welcome on a warm day and with Covid
restrictions on water bottles. Game on.
Debutant Ashley got the ball rolling by winning the first ruck contest of the
season and moving the ball forward. Play was a little scratchy at first, but the
team was strong at the ball and kept it trapped in the forward line. Debutant
Gracieeee spent her first quarter with the Cats standing at fullback with not
much else to do but chat to the opposition. A few close calls from the Cats, but
eventually pressure told and LilyD kicked the first goal of the season.
Q1 LCC 1.3.9 v CBC 0.0.0.
With more numbers this season, the coaches were able to experiment with
playing wingers on the wing. LilyS and Tipsy got the job and after tracking
parallel to the ball for quarter 1, started to position better in the second and the
ball started to find them.
As the game opened up, the forward line started to space and Elin scored a goal to delight the assistant coach. Charli had come off the bench to add plenty of energy and Jaimie complemented her usual fierce tackling with some nice touches, before adding a goal. Q2 LCC 3.6.24 v CBC 0.0.1
With a healthy half time lead, the coaches started to experiment and the game
opened up considerably. Plenty of run from the team was highlighted by
accurate kick passing and finding each other with good handballs. Debutant
Helena and Gracieeee were getting their hands on the ball and initiating the
rebounds out of defence and middle. Burna produced the kick of the day, 50m
down the wing (some say 75), and Armo was keeping the defence organized and
bombing the ball forward at every opportunity. Q3 LCC 5.10.40 v CBC 0.0.1
The final quarter saw plenty of run and flashes of brilliant team work as the ball
was expertly delivered upfield. Lucy took a goal as reward for plenty of running
in the middle and CharlieD’s crumbing in the forward line was rewarded with a
pair. LexieP saw more of the ball on the wing and Maia went on to the ball, got
involved and showed some nice touches. Particularly pleasing was the running
in to space and finding team mates in a better position with a kick or handball.
A special mention of “Laces” O’Dowd who, having fallen foul of the ground
manager’s interpretation of by-law 11.2(D), hung around to support her team.
Grace by name, grace by nature.
A great start to the season.
Final Score: Lane Cove Cats 8.13.61 d Canada Bay Cannons 0.0.1
Goals: C. Davenport (2), J. Morelli (2), E. Ladmore (2), L. Dorahy, L. Yates
Players’ Player: C. Armstrong
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