Cats step up

Stephanie Jones gets a kick away. (Ljubica Vrankovic) 413374_17

Tara Murray

Macedon is now the hunted in the Riddell District Football League women’s competition after doing what no team had done in the competition, beat Kyneton.

After a draw between them and Kyneton the first time the teams played this season, the Cats inflicted the Tigers first defeat in one and half seasons of the competition.

Not only were the Cats able to get the win, they did it in a big way, winning 8.11 (59)-0.3 (3) win.

Cats Tamara Collins said they were a bit shocked after that result.

“It feels weird,” she said. “They are the benchmark teams and it felt really good to get the win.’

“Everything came together beautifully and that just helps.”

The Cats led by 11 points at quarter time after doing all the scoring in the first quarter. They blew the game open in the second quarter with five goals to none.

Collins said they had a few players out last time they played the Cats and them returning added strength into the midfield.

She said they felt like they put out a complete four quarter performance,

“I’m surprised how well we did,” she said. “Everyone was focused and put in their best effort and things worked really well.

“We felt like we had control and were able to really slow down Kyneton’s playmakers. They have some good quality players.

“Everyone was really on.”

Charlotte Noonan kicked three goals while Eliza Bell and Shakira Parker kicked two goals each for the Tigers.

Ruby Watts was a standout in the middle, Stephanie Jones was dominant in the ruck, while Lilli Collins and Scarlett Lynch were others to have good games.

Collins said the arrival of the likes of Noonan and Watts from Gisborne in the off season had really helped the side.

“We love having these new girls come across with a different level of experience,” she said. “They’re great leaders out there and they play a fun style of football. They get out there and want to have a good time.”

In a positive sign for the future of the club, Eve Moait and Taya Konias both came up from the youth league girls side and made their senior debuts.

“Taya played just her seventh game of footy and kicked a goal,” Collins said. “They played really well.

“It’s exciting to see the young girls who are the future of the club step up.”

For Kyneton, Eligh Blume and Mairead Murphy were the best in the loss.

The win moves the Cats to a game clear on top of the ladder, ahead of Kyneton.

Collins said it was a weird feeling to be the hunted now.

“I still remember our first game and we lost 99-0,” she said. “Our best footy is hard to beat.”

Collins said the aim was to make sure they finish top two and as high as they could.

In other results, Melton beat Lancefield, 5.4 (34)-1.3 (9), while Woodend-Hesket was too strong for Romsey, winning 24.17 (161)-2.0 (12).