Finley holds off Bears
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.