FIN­LEY FLY­ING

Southern Riverina news - - Sport -

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.

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