15 Cats miss out on grand fi­nal

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) -

Again Sandy Creek and the Tal­lan­gatta and District Foot­ball League turned on an ex­cel­lent day and venue for pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal day.

The Cats were well aware that the job ahead of them was not go­ing to be an easy one, as Kiewa for some rea­son seems to be a side that the Cats strug­gle against ev­ery time they meet.

Ruther­glen man­aged to get off to a good start in the first term, tak­ing an eight-point lead into the first break.

Kiewa then came out in the sec­ond quar­ter kick­ing seven goals to the Cats two which put the Cats 21 points be­hind at the main break.

In the third quar­ter the Cats man­aged to get back to within four points of Kiewa but Kiewa ap­peared to have all the an­swers and kicked away again.

There was not go­ing to be the grand fi­nal spot for the Cats as the bet­ter team on the day fin­ished up win­ning by 31 points.

So good luck to the Hawks and the Dogs as they bat­tle out the big one next week.

To the Cats – the club did dare to dream that you could be play­ing off in the big dance next week but it wasn’t to be.

To all the play­ers and the coach­ing staff thanks for the ride you have taken us on this year it has been fun and ex­cit­ing.

The sup­port­ers re­alise you guys will be dis­ap­pointed to fin­ish just short of where you wanted to be, but ev­ery­one is ex­tremely proud of your ef­forts and the work you have all done to get where you have.

Fin­ish­ing third in a very strong Tal­lan­gatta and District Se­niors com­pe­ti­tion is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

Score: Cats 12.14.86 de­feated by Kiewa Sandy Creek 18.9.117.

Goals: John Spencer 3, Tyson Ne­an­der 3, Nathan Waite 2, Ron Fuge, Damien Wil­son, Chris Oats, Sam Bow­ers.

Best: Cam Wil­son, Sam Bow­ers, Jak Han­cock, Sea­mus Brom­ley, Ryan Jones, Sam Fiedler

Re­serves

The re­serve boys came closer to liv­ing the dream of a grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance but in­ac­cu­rate kick­ing meant the boys will have to wait now un­til next year.

As was the case in the last two weeks, the back­line led by Rhys Ren­shaw were stand­ing up well and send­ing the ball for­ward on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions but con­vert­ing into goals wasn’t easy.

Most times if you have seven more scor­ing at­tempts than the op­po­si­tion you win, un­for­tu­nately not on this oc­ca­sion.

All the boys con­trib­uted for the full four quar­ters but fell heart­break­ingly three points short of a Grand Fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

Score: Cats 6-17-53 de­feated by Yackan­dan­dah 8-8-56.

Goals: James Sam­mon 2, Ian Maiden 2, Harry Cowie 1, Jar­ryd Hat­ton 1.

Best: Jar­ryd Hat­ton, Cal Dun­stan, Harry Cowie, Tom Ren­shaw, Sam Scott, Ryan Rhodes.

It has been fan­tas­tic to see the se­nior group of 54 play­ers and sup­port staff stick to­gether in such a tight group and be there for one an­other and en­joy the club’s best ever fi­nals per­for­mances as the Ruther­glen Cats.

It would have been so won­der­ful to see the dreams of this tight group come through to re­al­ity af­ter all the hard work they have done and heartache they have been through.

While at the Cats we are nat­u­rally very dis­ap­pointed not to be play­ing in grand fi­nals this week­end, all are un­be­liev­ably proud of the way the en­tire play­ing group of foot­ballers and net­ballers have con­ducted them­selves through­out what has been a very heart­break­ing and emo­tional year in so many ways.

The com­mit­tee has been amaz­ing in the way they have car­ried an enor­mous work load, and the sup­port­ers have been as faith­ful as ever, again this year, car­ry­ing the club over many ob­sta­cles on and off the field.

All at­ten­tion is now di­rected to­wards the Matt Tal­bot Medal night on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16.

This is the night that the club ac­knowl­edges the achieve­ments of play­ers and sup­port­ers with awards for the out­stand­ing sea­son they have had.

The Best and Fairest Count and Pre­sen­ta­tions of all grades of foot­ball and net­ball kick off with the ju­nior count at the Me­mo­rial Hall, Ruther­glen at 4.30pm.

While tick­ets are not re­quired for the ju­nior count they are es­sen­tial for the se­nior’s count - Matt Tal­bot Medal night, start­ing at 6.30pm.

Damien Wil­son gets the kick away.

Damien Wil­son chas­ing the ball.

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