Millicent wins, Cats impress

UP AND IN: Millicent's Edie Easterby takes a shot during Saturday's clash with the Cats. Picture: JAMES MURPHY


ON the back of a drought-breaking victory, Casterton Sandford started its McLaughlin Park clash against Millicent with confidence.

Saints’ goal attack Edie Easterby caused the Cats defenders headaches but in terms of matching it with the hosts, the Cats worked hard to stay in the contest and were only four goals adrift at the first change.

Things became tougher in the second term as the Millicent frontline started to settle.

Accompanied by a major uptick in the defensive pressure and the key statistics told the story – Millicent created 21 scoring opportunities to the Cats’ eight and in the end the scoreboard was 24-10 in the Saints’ favour.

To its credit, Casterton Sandford rallied after the rough second quarter and the 14-11 third quarter scoreline, still in favour of the Saints, would have pleased coach Jodie Humphries.

The third quarter also saw the injection of Bell Coghlan for her first A Grade appearance with the tenacious wing defender not looking out of place in the top grade.

The Cats also stuck with the Saints in the last in what was a goal-for-goal 15 minutes which had both teams score nine goals.

Lauren Van Eeden continued to dominate the defensive end for Millicent, while Daisy Tunkin worked overtime on the attacking wing and was accurate with her delivery to Easterby and Nikeisha Facey.

The usual suspects of Caeleigh Humphries and Madalene Cleary were best for the Cats.