Fin­ley 3rds ad­vance

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

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.

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