Cats se­cure in top six

Southern Riverina news - - Sport -

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.

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