Finley 3rds advance
Numurkah proved to be a happy hunting ground for the voracious Finley thirds as they continued their relentless march through the elimination stages of this season’s MFL finals.
On Saturday it was Congupna who felt the wrath of the Cats juggernaut as they were contemptuously disposed of by 59 points.
Final score, Finley 10.11 (71) to Congupna 1.6 (12).
Winning the coin toss the young Cats took advantage of a slight southerly breeze to establish the early ascendency and set the tempo for the remainder of the contest.
Dominant aerial performances from Dylan Sibraa, Duncan Clarke and Taylor Kleinschmidt in the offensive half ensured that the ball was secured for lengthy periods of time and created ample opportunities for crumbers such as Brayden Culhane, Zec Cuppens, and Ben Ashley-Cooper.
With the scoreboard ticking over nicely it would be easy to under value the disciplined efforts of those rotated through the defensive half of the ground.
Great emphasis is placed on team defence in finals football and to this end all of the combatants have been fulfilling their role beautifully.
Conceding only 12 points against quality opposition is a wonderful achievement and just reward for sustained hard work and concentration.
Luke Bramley, James McCaw, Wyatt Gray and Dan O’Bryan all excelled in this game but any one of another half dozen workhorses could have been mentioned in their place.
The coaching staff were elated with the endeavour shown by all players on the day, but did highlight the efforts of Nick Burns and Marcus Anderson as being typical of the spirit shown within the group.
This week presents yet another cut throat encounter at Cobram when the dominant team of the past three seasons, Moama, will provide much stiffer opposition than has been the case in the first two finals.