Cats secure in top six
Saturday’s clash between Finley and Congupna was a game of two halves, with the Cats dominating the first half and Congupna the second.
Two last quarter goals were enough to see Finley hold on by a slender margin of four points to record its fifth straight victory.
Final scores, Finley 10.8 (68) to Congupna 9.10 (64).
Finley absolutely dominated the contest in the first half, controlling the ball across half back and supplying their forwards with plenty of opportunities.
Paul Massingham, Nick Robertson and Chris Hawkins set up many forward trusts, while Kyle Russell, James Kennedy, Tom Doyle and Reid Crowe were all providing options across half forward.
Finley went into the main break with a commanding 45-point lead and many expected that the Cats were going to run away with a sizeable victory - but Congupna had other ideas.
During the third quarter, Congupna started doing the things that Finley did in the first half.
They started to win the contested ball and this allowed them to work their way back into the game.
To make things ever more difficult, Finley lost Paul Massingham to injury, which greatly affected the Cats’ run and carry.
Meanwhile, Congupna’s Mitchell and Ryan Sidebottom started winning their fair share of the ball.
Finley were held scoreless in the third term as Congupna booted four goals, reducing the deficit to 19 points at the last change.
The visitors then took all the momentum into the last quarter.
Finley steadied with two goals through the efforts of Tom Doyle, Matt Jackson and Michael Littlejohn.
This gave them a little breathing space early in the final stanza.
The home side maintained its advantage and looked to have starved off the challenge, however, Congupna continued to come at the Cats and got within a goal in the last 30 seconds.
The last centre bounce saw the Road win the clearance and drive the ball forward only to be stopped at half back as the siren sounded.
The crucial victory, saw Finley hold on to its position in the top six.
Stuefex Award - Nick Robertson; Finley Bowling Club - Kyle Russell; Finley Golf Club - James Kennedy.
The reserves recorded a 54-point victory, which moved them into the top six for the first time this season.
Daniel Boyd finished with four goals, while Paul Evans was back to his best.
Lachlan Hawkins continues to be a dominate ruckman, Phil Murrowood marked everything in sight and the evergreen Charlie White and Ty Russell showed their experience is a great asset to the Cats.