Fin­ley holds off Bears

Southern Riverina news - - NETBALL -

Fin­ley nearly blew a home fi­nal af­ter es­cap­ing with a 14 point win over Tungamah in the fi­nal round of the Mur­ray League sea­son.

With the Cats eye­ing off a top four and re­sul­tant dou­ble chance they were keen to have the game played on their terms.

The Cats were heavy favourites head­ing into the game but were chal­lenged by the Bears.

The win has se­cured third po­si­tion and thanks to the fix­ture a home qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against Ba­rooga.

Con­sis­tent mid­field­ers led the way for the Cats with Tim McKen­zie, Robb Jewell, Levi Mid­dle­ton and Lachy Hawkins all gain­ing valu­able pos­ses­sions around the stop­pages.

The for­ward line took a dif­fer­ent look with Tim Mead go­ing to half for­ward to re­place Scott Sher­wen.

Zec Cup­pens, Paul Mass­ing­ham and Levi Mid­dle­ton were very creative around goals and all fin­ished in the lead­ing goal kick­ers.

Marc Shaw was also prom­i­nent and capped off his work with two ma­jors for the day.

The home side were not to be de­nied though and play­ing their last game for the sea­son while cel­e­brat­ing club stal­wart Adam Dodd’s 300th game took it right up to the Cats.

De­fend­ers Cam Robert­son, Tom McCar­ney and cap­tain Lachy Small were equal to the chal­lenge and stood firm. Zeke Car­ruthers play­ing his first se­nior game for the sea­son was also prom­i­nent.

In­juries were again to play a ma­jor role. McKen­zie, Mid­dle­ton and Cup­pens all needed at­ten­tion and will be in some doubt this week.

A cou­ple of late goals to the Bears brought the mar­gin back to 14 points on the fi­nal siren.

This re­sult saw Fin­ley fin­ish on third po­si­tion on the lad­der.

Fi­nal score, Fin­ley 12.4 (76) to Tungamah 9.8 (62).

This week’s fi­nal will be at home un­der lights against Ba­rooga on Satur­day night at 6pm.

The Cats will face a ner­vous wait as Cam Robert­son was re­ported late in the game and faces the tri­bunal on Wed­nes­day night.

In some pos­i­tive news Ed Bar­low should re­turn from in­jury.

Fin­ley’s re­serves were un­able to over­come Tungamah, go­ing down by 44 points.

A six goal to zip first quar­ter in favour of the Bears saw the Cats play­ing catch-up early, be­fore an even sec­ond half pre­vented the mar­gin from blow­ing out.

Fi­nal score, Tungamah 14.5 (89) to Fin­ley 6.9 (45).

Bet­ter play­ers for the Cats were Will Robert­son, James McCaw, Wy­att Gray, Stephen Parr, Liam Os­borne and Kyle Rus­sell.

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