Cham­pion Cats set for come­back

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A hand­ful of Fin­ley Foot­ball Club leg­ends are ex­pected to re­turn to the play­ing field this Satur­day to en­sure the club can field a re­serves team against tra­di­tional ri­vals the Deni Rams.

Among those pulling on the boots for the spe­cial game will be 1981 and 1982 pre­mier­ship coach Mark New­ton, who club pres­i­dent Ash­ley Haynes said was the main driver of the ini­tia­tive.

‘‘Satur­day is our spon­sors and win­ners club func­tion, and Mark was the main driver in en­sur­ing we have a re­serves game on the day,’’ Haynes said.

‘‘Mark’s ar­rival in Fin­ley in the early 80s had a pos­i­tive im­pact on our foot­ball club, both on and off the field. He in­stilled a win­ning cul­ture which resulted in one of the club’s most suc­cess­ful pe­ri­ods in its his­tory.

‘‘This week­end will be a blast from the past and will be very en­ter­tain­ing to say the least.

‘‘I think most Cats fans will be hop­ing we can wind the clock back about 30 years for this week­end’s match.

‘‘Mark will also be back that night to be our event’s guest speaker.’’

At least six other Cats play­ers from the 1980s will be at Satur­day’s game, how­ever Haynes said it’s not yet clear who will be in the fi­nal re­serves line-up.

Haynes said re­turn­ing play­ers at this stage are likely to in­clude the Jack­son brothers — Glenn and Dar­ren — and the Coven­try brothers — Stu­art and Rod­ney.

Also in­di­cat­ing they may play on the day are Bruce Day and Peter Whitty, Haynes added.

‘‘We have a core group of about eight or 10 play­ers on a weekly ba­sis (play­ing re­serves),’’ Haynes said.

‘‘Com­ing off a bye with a few re­turn­ing from in­juries will en­able us to put a side on the park. We en­cour­age all our mem­bers and sup­port­ers to come along and en­joy the day.’’

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