Finley’s A Grade Netballers finished ‘just right’

By Tyler Maher

The exuberance of youth is a tough metric to measure — and one that can produce inconsistent results at times.

But for Finley’s A-grade Murray Netball League squad, the recipe has been just right since an initial loss to Rumbalara.

After defeating Numurkah in round one proper, the young Cats came out firing on all cylinders against Cobram on Saturday evening, eventually claiming victory against the Tigers by seven goals.

For coach Helene Steward, watching her inexperienced group click on the court so quickly has been extremely positive.

‘‘They have just jelled so beautifully as a team the last two matches, and (on Saturday) it just all came together for us,’’ Steward said.

‘‘Our (second oldest) player is only 20 or 21. They just showed incredible maturity for such a young squad.

‘‘Even at the quarter breaks I barely had to say anything, they were encouraging each other and talking about what they could improve on or what they were doing well.’’

The round two contest at Finley Recreation Reserve was tight throughout, with the final margin close to the largest of the match.

‘‘It was a really great game, it was a lot closer on court than what it looks from the final score,’’ Steward said.

‘‘It got to within two goals in the last quarter and we just managed to steady, it was tight and our girls just kept their heads.’’

Shania Bentley impressed for the Cats alongside Ruby Russell in the goal circle, while Savannah Wilson and Lauren Yeo stood tall in the defensive third.

Holly Robinson and Tiarna Burke also linked well through the midcourt to deliver the home side to the 53-46 victory, with Tessa Bruni, Meg Denson and Lillieth Ukich battling hard for the Tigers.

●Echuca United is fast becoming the clutch outfit of the competition after securing another one-goal win against a top opponent on Saturday.

The Eagles finished with a 44-43 result against Rumbalara following a 49-48 win against Deniliquin in round one.

Tungamah secured a 37-33 win against Barooga to get its first victory of the season, while the Rams bounced back with a 51-43 triumph against Congupna.

Katandra again had an honourable loss after falling to Mulwala by six goals, with Tongala also on the winners list with a 36-26 triumph against Numurkah.

Moama rounded out the results with a 57-16 drubbing of Nathalia.