The weather at Barkly Park last Saturday was sunny resulting in ideal paying conditions with a light breeze and a pleasant maximum temperature of 22 degrees.
But when the Felines took to the field on Sunday the idealistic playing conditions at Barkly Park had changed and the field was wet – really wet.
Still, these unpleasant conditions could not dampen the spirits of the Murray Felines as they came to play their first home game of the season against the Wodonga Raiders.
Rutherglen Football Netball Club President Greg Lumby welcomed the team to Barkly Park and wished them all the best for the season.
Cr Roberta Horne from the Indigo Shire Council also spoke to the team and congratulated them on their endeavours for the season so far.
The Felines were in a generous mode and lent the Raiders three players to even up the player count for both teams.
This spirit of generosity wasn’t reciprocated in the first term as the Raiders kicked the first five goals of the match with the benefit of a strong wind.
They benefitted from some great work around the packs with their on-ball brigade and a dominant forward who the Felines struggled to contain in the first quarter.
After some strong urging from their coach Ian Rogers, the Felines held their own for the remainder of the match.
They started displaying greater commitment and running and took the game up to the Raiders.
The Felines dominated the last quarter of the match with the ball camped on the Felines’ forward line.
A deft kick through the pack by Jayelle Walsh saw the Felines open up their major account.
By this stage the Felines were controlling the game and refusing to let the Raiders have any easy possession of the football.
Suzannah Thompson, Amber Ferraro and Meg Rogers led the way with some bone crunching tackles that repeatedly stopped the Raiders players in their tracks.
Jesse Johnson added to the scoreboard with a long range bomb that sailed through at goal post height.
The last quarter saw a tremendous effort from the entire team with every player coming into the match.
Breanna Wojtowyez contested very strongly in the forward line, and the centre players of Emily Nicholson, Sydnie O’Toole, Mackenzie Rolls, Annie Marquison and Lillian Walton continued to drive the ball forward.
Special thanks must go to all the parents and friends who supported the girls on such a rain soaked day; from goal and field umpiring, the running for the coach, running the canteen and the under 17 boys for running the water bottles for the team.
Next week’s match is against the Alpine Eagles at the alternate home game at Wahgunyah Football oval at 2pm.
Training this week is at Wahgunyah on Wednesday evening from 5.30pm and all new players are welcome – no experience necessary.
More action from the day can be seen on the Murray Felines Facebook page.