Cats cap McDonald milestone

June 11, 2018

Up and about: Echuca United's Olivia Bish and her side are back in business this season after a slow start.

Finley coach Chelsea McDonald celebrated her 100th A-grade game in style on Saturday.

The Murray Netball League Cats were far too strong for Nathalia, eventually running out 60-28 victors.

It was a crucial victory for Finley, which remains just one game outside the top eight after banking the four points against the Purples.

‘‘It was a pretty good effort,’’ Finley team manager Kirsty Clarke said.

‘‘We definitely needed that win, we’ve had a pretty rough draw to start the season, so hopefully we can win a few games in the next few weeks.

‘‘It was good to get a win for Chelsea in her 100th game.’’

Renee Steward, Toni Campbell, McDonald and Savannah Wilson continue to perform well for the Cats every week.

‘‘Savannah is only 15 and she has been amazing in defence,’’ Clarke said.

‘‘It has been a very young team this year and they’re all doing a great job.’’

●The rest of the results from round 10 have set the season up for a magnificent second half.

Moama, Rumbalara, Deniliquin and Numurkah are all locked in a fierce battle for ascendency at the top of the table with eight wins apiece.

The Magpies defeated Tongala 48-37 on Saturday, with Numurkah (50-29 against Shepparton East) also snaring victory.

Rumba watched on from the sidelines with the bye at the weekend, but it was the Rams who took a backwards step with a loss to Echuca United.

The Eagles won their third game in a row by three goals or less, getting the better of previously undefeated Deniliquin 38-36.

Cobram has taken up the mantle as the next best side in the league behind the top four after securing a convincing 62-41 victory against Mulwala, while Barooga kept eighth place with a 52-47 triumph against Tungamah.

Congupna was the final winner of the weekend, just sneaking past Katandra 36-33.

Only the Kats and Purples have fallen out of finals contention after 10 rounds, highlighting the evenness of the competition.

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