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