Lions crush finals hopes
Mulwala survived a spirited fightback from Finley to record an important sevenpoint away win on Saturday.
The Cats, playing host to the Murray Football League leaders, knew a win was needed to keep them in touch with the top six.
But now the finals hopes of the Cats look to be dead and buried for this season.
Finley is three games behind and boasts an inferior percentage to sixth-placed Rumbalara with four regular season matches remaining.
Final score: Mulwala 13.12 (90) def. Finley 13.5 (83).
The Lions kicked the first goal and Matt Jackson quickly replied with one for the Cats.
Frazer Hawkins, playing his first senior game, gave his on ballers first use of the ball and Reid Crowe, Ned Morrison and Tim McKenzie benefited.
Only two points separated the two sides at quarter time and the stage was set for an enthralling battle.
The second term saw Mulwala stretch its lead, and if not for some very good defensive work from Tim and Will Robertson, the game would have been over.
The Lions had increased their lead to 19 points at the half-time break, but goals to Cam Robertson, Shaun Kable and Harley Middleton saw the Cats right back in the contest.
The final stanza saw Finley claw to within a goal of the visotors.
However, a couple of inaccurate shots on goal from the home side resulted in a steadying goal to Mulwala which the game beyond reach.
Best players for Finley were Tim Robertson, Ned Morrison, Tim Mckenzie, Reid Crowe, Harley Middleton and Frazer Hawkins.
Harley Middleton takes a strong mark. Photo courtesy Terri-Lea Anderson.