Struck by injury, competing with Netball and Basketball rep games and playing at Middle Head at 8am on a Sunday morning, what could possibly go wrong? First thanks to the four U12’s, and particularly their parents, who got out of bed early for the game before their own back at Blackman. Charlie, Elin, Eliza and Lexie P. all contributed strongly and played with elan at the “higher” level.
The early start showed, with Queenwood slotting two goals before the coaching team had downed their first coffee and the Cats struggling to find attacking ground. At quarter time it was 14-0 and coach Jemma had her work cut out reminding the team of structures and effort at the ball. Through the second quarter, you might have imagined a gale was blowing as the ball continued to head to the same end as the Cats found some rhythm. A goal to Emma opened the scoring and Avishi’s strong running on to the ball resulted in a second. The backline was also dominant with Elin, Lexie and Charlie tackling and chasing every attack and Armo returning the ball into the midfield. Half time 14-15.
The third quarter continued the trend for scoring at the Harbour end as the Queenwood team lifted the intensity again. Despite Charlie’s extraordinary defence, cutting down players twice her size, the relentless rucking from Nat and the run out of the middle from Zerna, Tipsy and Lily, Queenwood scrambled another couple of goals. Three quarter time 16-28. Again the Cats were not going to lie down and came out in the final quarter full of running. Lexie P took marks in the middle, Eliza ran strongly and Emma and Avishi kept presenting targets. Emma put another goal through to bring the margin down to less than a goal, and with good possession in the forward line, a win for the ages looked a possibility, but the Queenwood team flooded back, defended strongly and in the end took the game.
Final scores – Queenwood 4-5-29 d Lane Cove Cats 3-5-23. Goal Scorers – Byrne(2) and Katamaneni. Player’s Player – Davenport.