Match Report Macquarie U16YG vs Penshurst Panthers U16YG @ Blackman Park Sunday 19 June 2022

Written by Lane Cove Cats

22 June 2022

This week we celebrated the awesome Elin Ladmore’s 100th game for the Lane Cove Cats, now Macquarie (soon to be Macquarie Maggots if no one else throws their hat in the ring for the naming comp).  

Whilst the game against the Panthers was not as challenging as Elin may have hoped to crown her century, it was a great day showcasing what a real team is all about – friendship and celebrating everyone’s unique talents.  

For our Cats, their team spirit was most evident as they ran through the 100 game banner, signed Elin’s game ball and dowsed Tipsy (players’ player) in icy water, amidst shrieks of laughter. But there was more to it than that, there was the willingness of all the girls to share the ball around (most notably, Lily S after kicking 7 goals), the readiness to rotate positions from front, to backs, to mids to ensure everyone had a chance to get their hands on the ball and finally the taking of “risks” (on Tipsy’s suggestion) to test their weaker game skills. 

Team work was also the order of the day for the opposition. Notwithstanding our girls’ dominance, the Panthers did not give up. There was no agro and no sulking and there were smiles and handshakes as they came off the field. Their coach and manager greeted us warmly at the start of the game and genuinely thanked us at the end and had only encouragement for the Panthers. That’s a real team of champions! 

It seems the “ordinary” cats are causing much pain for the bigger, sleeker cats of the comp. Both the Tigers and the Panthers have been put through their paces by the humble cats of Lane Cove.  

Final score: Lane Cove Cats 14.12.96 to Penshurst Panthers 0.0.0 

Goals: Charlie D (1), Emma B (1), Molly G-R (1), Eloise H (2), Lily S (7), Nikki K (2) 

Players’ Player: Eloise H

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