A very brave effort from the Felines Women against Wangaratta Rovers this week.
With only 11 players available due to injuries, the Felines borrowed two Rovers players in each quarter. Another slow start this week saw Rovers jump out to a 3 goal lead nearing half time.
It was a very physical game but after a 50m penalty against Rovers just before half time Carlie Smith steered through our first goal.
At half time, the coach Darren Simpson urged the players to continue to fight hard and to be first for the ball.
In a very good third term the Felines spend a large amount of time in their forward half and with goals to Skye and Tahlia were only 7 points down at the last change.
The young Felines tried their hearts out in the last quarter but ran out of legs and with a few carrying injuries were unable to get over the line.
Well done to all for their brave efforts and thanks and congratulations to Wangaratta Rovers for their first win.
Goals: Skye Simpson 2, Carlie Smith 1, Tahlia Simpson 1.
Best: Paige Cooper, Mackenzie Rolls. Chloe Mitchell, Lillian Walton, Carlie Smith and Tahlia Simpson.
Awards: Paige Cooper - Urban Graze, Mackenzie Rolls - Pickers Café, Chloe Mitchell - Doc Yarrum, Carlie Smith – Coaches award.
Unders too strong for Rovers
The Felines Unders team took on the new Wangaratta Rovers team at the WJ Findlay oval.
With Emily Nicholson unavailable due to Murray Bushrangers commitments and Sophie Nicholson out for four weeks due to a hamstring strain, the Coach, Brad Nicholson asked his players to step up and to all act as leaders on the football field.
The Felines set the tone in the first quarter piling on 5 goals, with dominant play by Mietta Habets and Caitlin Somerville in the centre of the ground, and Yasmine Budic continually turning her opponents inside out with her best performance of the season on the half forward flank.
As the game went on, Kaitlin Muscat continued to clean up the ball on the half back line and kicked the goal of the day after a run through the middle of the ground.
Mackenzie Lewis was too much of a handful up forward and kicked 6 goals for the day.
Jayelle Walsh had a run on the forward line in the last quarter and was able to boot 3 goals.
Leela Rosser played a captain’s game and was fearless all day.
The Felines were too strong for the enthusiastic Rovers team with everyone playing their part in the win.
The big win has propelled the Felines to the top of the ladder.
However, there are some big matches coming up which will determine the early flag favouritism.
Brad Nicholson was very pleased with the win saying “The team has improved enormously since we started training.
However, I think that we can improve further and I am really looking forward to some of these big games to see how the team performs”.
Murray Felines 21.16-142 def Wangaratta Rovers 0.1-1
Goals: M. Lewis 6, J. Walsh 3, A. Chant 2, M. Habets 2, L. Rosser 2, C. Somerville 2, K. Muscat, M. Hocking, Y. Budic, A. Marquison
Best: M. Lewis, M. Habets, Y. Budic, K. Muscat, C. Somerville, J. Walsh
Training is each Wednesday evening at 5:30pm at Barkly Park, Rutherglen.
There is still plenty of room for any female wishing to come down and try out football.
Also, the Felines can be followed on Facebook.