Tigers get jump on Cats
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.’’