Mulwala 44 def by Finley 55
Finley came out firing, with great speed and youth across the centre court, taking an early lead, while the Lions were still finding their feet.
Mulwala settled, with Bre and Cara working tirelessly in defence to create numerous turnovers.
Casey and Grace worked the ball well through the midcourt while EJ and Marissa worked hard to make position in the goal ring.
Eliza Strawhorn returned to the side providing drive and speed in the ring.
The Lions had a much better second half, trialling new combinations and gaining some momentum towards the end.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Casey Parker, Mug Award – Cara, Fresh Décor – Eliza Strawhorn.
Mulwala 40 def by Finley 27
The girls started off slowly but eventually found their feet and took out the first quarter 11-6.
Finley bounced back in the second quarter outrunning the Mulwala girls and finding some rhythm down the court.
The second half belonged to Mulwala with an increase in intensity and allowing the ball to flow down the court nicely with Jade and Tayla combining well in goals.
The defenders applied great one on one pressure to ensure a strong win - a great game by all.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Molly Giggins, Mug Award - Jade Robinson, Kitchenware Queens – Tayla Smith.
Mulwala 55 def Finley 26
After a slow start and trailing by 2 at quarter time the girls came out and played their game, working hard to achieve a 10 goal turn around to go into the half time break with an 8 goal lead.
Everyone played their part to finish off with a strong win. The girls will continue to work on putting a full four quarters together and look forward to some tough games in the coming weeks.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Shandell Purtle, Mug Award – Britt Loechel, Wingates – Georgia Glass
C Res Grade
Mulwala 48 def Finley 25
A strong start by the Lions winning the 1st quarter 15-4.
Defence from Soph, Kim and Nat was once again top notch, taking many intercepts and rebounding strongly to lead 24-7 going into the half time break.
Brooke moved into goals with Jess in the second half with Mel and Bre feeding the girls beautifully, to bring home a 31 goal win.
Next week will be the tester taking on 2nd placed Numurkah - looking forward to a tough battle.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Kim James, Mulwala Pharmacy- Sophie Taylor, Judds Mensland- Nat Wood.
17 and under
Mulwala 49 def Finley 15
Another strong performance from the Lions this week.
The girls started strongly and maintained their defensive pressure across the court for the entire game.
The hard work of the defenders was rewarded with accurate shooting, enabling Mulwala to capitalise on every turnover.
The ball flowed down the court beautifully, with strong, direct leads and creative play, showing that Mulwala continues to be a force to be reckoned with.
The team is looking forward to a tough contest this week against Numurkah.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Elise Barton, Mulwala Post Office – Jess Barton, Mink and Mason – Brit Hanley.
15 and under
Mulwala 18 def by Finley 36
Finley came out strong looking for the win, taking the lead from the start and forcing the Mulwala girls to come together and fight back.
Some positional changes found Zali in GK providing the team with strong rebounds and multiple intercepts.
Lilly came on into GS helping the movement in the ring while Hollie held her head high the whole game delivering strong passes down the court.
Unfortunately Finley’s shooters were on fire and they were able to come away with an 18 goal win.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Zali Peters, YMGCR – Lilly Gallagher, Yarrawonga Fish & Chips – Hollie McNamara
13 and under
Mulwala 18 def by Finley 23
The young Lions took the court with conviction and were prepared to give it their all in order to overcome Finley.
With a nail biting first half, it was goal for goal. There was a noticeable difference in the amount on talk and encouragement on the court for one another.
During the third quarter things weren’t going Mulwala’s way and Finley capitalised on this.
After regrouping and going back out the Lions won the last quarter. Unfortunately due to the third quarter deficit, Finley won the game by 7 goals.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Caitlin Vella, Athenaeum - Macey Hicks, Mulwala Post Office – Ruby Abikhair
12 and under
Mulwala 16 drew with Finley 16
The Under 12s knew they were coming into a hard game against Finley this week.
The first quarter saw the Cats take the lead and the girls were playing catch up for the rest of the day.
Bella Seamer was strong in defence and was responsible for many turnovers. Chloe Burgess put in 110% this week, proving she is also a great defender.
Abbey Matthews was dominant all over the court and created a lot of play in the attacking end. In the end the girls came away with a draw, a great result against such a strong Finley side.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Abbey Matthews, YMGCR – Bella Seamer and Chloe Burgess.