proved it is a serious finals contender on Saturday, turning the tables on round one winners Tongala and bringing home a massive 93 point victory.
The courageous win has secured the Cats in fifth place on the Murray Football League ladder, dropping the Blues to seventh.
Finley was fierce in the first half, kicking 16 goals to four laying the foundations for a solid victory.
Both sides were all about speed in the first quarter, Finley dominating with seven goals, while restricting Tongala to just two.
Finley’s Tom Seccull was on fire early marking everything in his vicinity.
Tim Horne, Ned Morrison, Paul Massingham, Ali Brooks and Reid Crowe providing the Cats with much needed drive.
Finley’s back six were doing their usual good job and this allowed their midfield to continually push the ball forward.
The Cats were 30 points up at the first break.
The second quarter started like the first with the Cats applying relentless pressure on their opponents.
They added nine goals six to the score board and conceded two.
Captain James Kennedy, Kamen Ogilvie, Tennyson Vance and Reid Crowe all managed goals, and when Seccull kicked his fifth, the Cats were 78 points up at the main break.
Finley went into half time with a commanding lead.
The third quarter was a real tug of war.
Finley booted just two goals for the term and held Tongala to one with their tackling and pressure a real feature of their play.
The last quarter opened up again with the Cats kicking another six goals to four.
Matt Jackson, Kyle Russell, Cameron Robertson and his ‘band of brothers’ continued to put pressure on their opposition.
The Cats had winners on every line allowing a comfortable victory.
The win marked number eight for the Cats who now face top of the ladder Cobram in a home game this weekend.
This mouth-watering encounter comes at a good time for Finley to see where they are at and to how much they have improved over the recent months.
In the reserves, Finley suffered a 23-point loss after sticking close to Tongala for most of the game.
Evergreen Paul Evans, Tom Potter, Matt Clarke, Dustin Price and Aaron Taylor were all good players for the Cats.
Finley’s Ned Morrison celebrates after kicking a goal on Saturday. Photo supplied by Victoria Smith.