Resur­gent Cats host Hawks

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The stage has been set for Fin­ley in the Mur­ray League as they pre­pare for a home qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal un­der lights against sec­ond on the lad­der Ba­rooga on Satur­day night.

The Cats have had a stel­lar 2018 sea­son, bounc­ing back from last year’s bot­tom of the lad­der fin­ish to end the home and away sea­son third on the lad­der with 13 wins and five losses.

Fin­ley pres­i­dent Ash­ley Haynes said the sud­den resur­gence of the club’s se­nior side has had many cat­a­lysts.

‘‘It’s been a very pleas­ing sea­son and it’s been good to see past play­ers make their way back to the club,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve had the likes of for­mer best and fairest win­ners Robb Jewell and Tim McKen­zie come back as well as play­ers like Nick and An­gus Robert­son re­turn.

‘‘The most pleas­ing part is the de­velop- ment of our young home grown tal­ents like Zec Cup­pens, Matt Wil­son, Ben Ash­leyCooper, Liam Os­borne, Luke Bramley, Luke Moore and Duncan Clarke.

‘‘The side has been led well by a fan­tas­tic lead­er­ship group with cap­tain Lachy Small and vice-cap­tain Shaun Kable as well as coach Rob Daniel help­ing us climb back up the lad­der this year.’’

The Cats will head into the clash in rip­ping form hav­ing won nine games in a row.

Tack­ling the Hawks is al­ways a mam­moth task how­ever, with the vis­i­tors win­ning 16 of their 18 games this sea­son, in­clud­ing a 12 point win over the Cats at the Fin­ley Apex Sports and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in round nine.

An­other chal­lenge for the Cats will be nul­li­fy­ing the in­flu­ence of 2018 O’Dwyer Medal­list Brodie A’Vard, with the ruck­man hav­ing a stand­out year for the Hawks.

‘‘Brodie A’Vard will be tough for our ruck­men Tom Doyle and Lachy Hawkins, but those two have also been in good form,’’ Haynes said.

‘‘Ed Bar­low should be back in for us and we’re also hope­ful of hav­ing Luke Moore re­turn to the side as well.

‘‘It’s a mag­nif­i­cent op­por­tu­nity to be play­ing at home un­der lights in the first round of fi­nals and we’re ex­cited for the chal­lenge ahead.

‘‘There should be a good home crowd so hope­fully we can get the win for our sup­port­ers.’’

The match between the Cats and the Hawks will kick-off at 6pm on Satur­day night.

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