Tigers get jump on Cats

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The fi­nal mar­gin of 72 points didn’t re­flect Fin­ley’s ef­forts against home side Co­bram on Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to Cats coach Rob Daniel.

The Tigers piled on five unan­swered goals in the first term to get the jump on the Cats.

The vis­i­tors fought back in the sec­ond stanza with two goals of their own but Co­bram held a 39 point lead at half time.

Fin­ley had pegged the mar­gin back in the third term be­fore a five minute lapse cost them four goals as the Tigers took a 44 point ad­van­tage into the fi­nal break.

Un­for­tu­nately for Fin­ley the home side proved too strong in the last with five goals to one to run away with the win.

Boom re­cruit Tim Meu­lendyks was the Cats’ best, kick­ing two goals, and Cam Robert­son also had a fan­tas­tic game in the mid­dle.

Ni­cholas Lyons put in a solid ef­fort while Tom McCar­ney was hard at the con­test and provided plenty of run on the wing for the vis­i­tors.

Zeke Car­ruthers con­tin­ues to show im­prove­ment at se­nior level while vet­eran de­fender Scott Jewell de­flected mul­ti­ple at­tacks for the Cats.

For Co­bram it was Sam Gem­mill, Ty­ron Baden, Dan Fitz­patrick, Scott Spencer, Ben Ryan and Jor­dan Crestani who did the dam­age with the Sher­rin.

Fi­nal score, Co­bram 17.13 (115) to Fin­ley 6.7 (43).

Mak­ing it even harder for Fin­ley was los­ing cap­tain Lachy Small to in­jury in the first quar­ter.

De­spite the win­less start to the Mur­ray League sea­son, coach Daniel says he is proud of how his side is han­dling the sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘A lot of our blokes weren’t plan­ning on play­ing footy this year and missed out on pre-sea­son so it’s in­cred­i­ble that they’ve been able to step up,’’ he said.

‘‘We played well for the sec­ond quar­ter and most of the third and last quar­ter on Satur­day. It was just a few five minute lapses that cost us in the end.

‘‘I be­lieve that if we didn’t have those lapses that we would’ve been right in the con­test late in the game.’’

Daniel was es­pe­cially im­pressed with Meu­lendyks and vice cap­tain Shaun Kable, say­ing they teamed well to­gether.

‘‘Shaun and Meuly are both good on­ballers and gave us plenty of grunt in the mid­dle,’’ he said.

‘‘Lachy Hawkins is also im­prov­ing each week in the ruck and I think that if we can have the core group out on the ground at the same time then we will put our first win on the board soon.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately with in­juries and players be­ing un­avail­able we just haven’t been able to get any con­sis­tency in the line-up.’’

The Cats will host Rum­balara on Satur­day, with Daniel hop­ing his side can catch them off guard.

‘‘Rumba have strug­gled this sea­son too so we’re hop­ing we can over­come them on Satur­day,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll be miss­ing the Robert­son brothers (Tim and Cam) which makes things a bit tougher.

‘‘There’s not a lot we can do about that and we’ll still give it our best.’’

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