For the first time ever, Fin­ley beats Mul­wala in all grades

Southern Riverina news - - Sport -

FIN­LEY con­tin­ued on its win­ning way with a hard-fought, yet im­pres­sive vic­tory against home side Mul­wala on Satur­day.

The Cats had a clean sweep in all foot­ball grades - a first for the club at Mul­wala.

Fin­ley’s se­niors were fe­ro­cious at the ball and this was what al­lowed them to come away with the four points.

The lo­cals are fifth on the Mur­ray Foot­ball League lad­der with a 7-5 win-loss record.

Fin­ley lost the toss and were kick­ing against the wind in the first quar­ter.

They at­tacked the ball hard through the ef­forts of Ali Brooks, Ned Mor­ri­son and Matt Jack­son.

Tom Sec­cull was prov­ing hard to stop across half for­ward, he was ably as­sisted by Chris Lib­ertino and the Cats held sway to be only nine points down at quar­ter time.

The sec­ond term saw Fin­ley have the ad­van­tage of the breeze to kick four goals for the quar­ter.

Tim Robert­son was lead­ing from the front pro­vid­ing his on-ballers with first use.

Sec­cull con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate up for­ward with Paul Mass­ing­ham and Mar­cus Jack­son.

Wil Robert­son held the dan­ger­ous Lee James to one goal for the half.

At half time, the game was in the bal­ance as was the chances of ei­ther side that lost the con­test.

The third quar­ter was played at break neck speed with both sides re­al­is­ing the con­se­quences of a loss.

Mul­wala coach Tim Hargraves was sent off and re­ported for al­legedly strik­ing Cameron Robert­son.

He later ac­cepted the set penalty of one week sus­pen­sion.

Fin­ley made the Lions pay im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent.

The Cats kicked six goals to one to set up vic­tory.

Mass­ing­ham, Reid Crowe, Tim Horne and Ned Mor­ri­son all as­serted them­selves on the con­test.

Sec­cull, Tim Robert­son and Wil Robert­son were all win­ning their po­si­tions and the Cats looked like they were go­ing to run all over Mul­wala.

The last quar­ter didn’t go all Fin­ley’s way with Mul­wala kick­ing the first three goals to get back within strik­ing dis­tance.

Mul­wala’s Nathan Parker, Sean Robin­son and Thomas Wil­son were try­ing to get their side back into the game.

Tim Robert­son and Sec­cull weren’t go­ing to let that hap­pen.

The Cats got a late goal to se­cure a well-de­served 18-point win.

Will Robert­son was Fin­ley’s best re­strict­ing Mul­wala gun for­ward Lee James to one goal for the game.

His brother Tim, along with Sec­cull, Mass­ing­ham, Matt and Mar­cus Jack­son all played well.

Fin­ley now trav­els to Ton­gala look­ing to con­tinue its win­ning run and get back a game that they lost first round.

The re­serves had a good 28-point win on Satur­day.

With num­bers on the track start­ing to im­prove, it is start­ing to show in the way they are play­ing their footy.

Johno Clark, Chris Harkins, Callen Burgess, Matt Horne and Michael Royal all played good games for the Cats.

The club’s thirds won by 23 points, while the fourths were 41-point vic­tors.

■ Score­board on page 18.

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