Cats finding their feet

Eliza Petherick. (Ljubica Vrankovic) 416140_17

Tara Murray

Macedon is slowly getting closer to where it wants to be in the Riddell District Netball League.

After a slow start and a number of players missing games, the Cats find themselves cemented in the top five.

Coach Katie Clarke said they were slowly getting there.

“I always said it would be a season of two halves for us,” she said. “The first half we were really trying to implement a new style.

“I was telling them to trust the process and the second half it would become intuitive on court.

“We’re still getting there. I’m not 100 per cent happy as we’re not doing it for 60 minutes yet.

“We’re playing three quarters the brand we want to play, but not four. We’re putting a lot of work in.”

On Saturday, the Cats faced Kyneton.

After leading by two goals at quarter time, the margin jumped to 16 goals at the main break.

The Cats continued to grow the lead before running out of legs in the final quarter.

They had still done enough to come away with a big 58-34 win.

Clarke said it was a fairly strong performance before they ran out of legs late into the game.

“We were undermanned,” she said. “We had no Chelsea [Kemp], Bronte [Green] and Hayley [Birch].

“Alex [Cameron] stepped up to A-grade. We had the three goalers, but we didn’t have anyone else to take on and off.

“We stuck at it and were happy to run out with the win. I was happy for three quarters.”

Henrietta Donoghue shot 30 goals for the Cats and Eliza Petherick put up 16.

Clarke said she was happy with how Petherick had taken the step up to the A-grade team and everyone was delighted with the success she’s having.

Chloe Williams was named the Cats best along with Clarke.

For the Tigers, Claire Oakley shot 25 goals.

The Cats now sit in third spot with seven wins from their 10 matches. The Tigers sit bottom but are one of three teams on 16 points.

They are equal on wins with second placed Woodend-Hesket, but have played one less game.

Clarke said they would continue to put the hard work in at training.

They will be tested in the coming weeks.

“We have Riddell and Wallan,” she said. “We should have a full team for those games.

“It’ll be good to see how our game plan goes and what we have been working on.”

In other matches, Woodend-Hesket easily accounted for Riddell, 52-33, Melton Centrals held off Romsey, 62-58 and Wallan came from behind to beat Diggers Rest, 52-50.