The under 16 Felines played a tough game at Whorouly against Alpine Lions. Whorouly jumped out of the blocks and were able to put numbers behind the ball and lock the football in their forward line for much of the first quarter. This put the Felines backline under enormous pressure and the team struggled to adequately clear the ball. A late goal on the siren put the Alpine Lions a goal up at the first break.
The next two quarters was a dour struggle with both teams fighting hard and neither side able to assert their dominance. Coming of the bye and with wet conditions, the Felines struggled to get out in the clear and get their running game going. Sophie Nicholson battled hard in a number of positions. Mackenzie Lewis provided a lift around the ball when she was moved into the centre. The running brigade of Mietta Habits, Yasmin Budic and Caitlin Somerville battled hard all day but struggled to break the lines as they have done in the past weeks.
It was a battle right up to the last five minutes when Alpine kicked two quick goals to win the game.
There were some big positives that came out of the match, including the teams endeavour and persistence. As always there are some points to learn from the loss. The side will be back to the training track this week and work hard to better their game.
Alpine Lions 3-5-23 def Murray Felines 0-0-0
Best: Mietta Habets, Mackenzie Lewis, Yasmine Budic, Caitlin Somerville, Abbie Hetherington and Emily Keys.
The senior game was a very competitive match played in good spirits. The ball flowed freely from one length of the ground to the other. The backline lead by Kaitlyn Robinson, Kaitlin Muscat, Tahlia Simpson and Emily Nicholson defended solidly, repelling many attacks. Carlie Smith was in the midst of everything in the midfield and as always trying her hardest all game. Carlie was well backed up by Britt Kungl who was marking at will on the wings.
Unfortunately, the team struggled to convert its forward 50m entries and missed opportunities to score. Conversely the Alpine Lions were able to apply some scoreboard pressure consistently in each quarter. In an evenly matched game, this proved to be the difference between the two teams.
Alpine Lions 3-9-27 Defeated Murray Felines
Best: K. Robinson, C. Smith, B. Kungl, K. Muscat, E. Nicholson, T. Simpson.
Next week the Felines take on the Wangaratta Rovers at home at Barkly Park in what will be a big day for both teams. The Felines would love to see all of the supporters come down to cheer on the teams.