Cats 4ths fly to big win
The Finley fourths had an impressive 103 point victory enabling them to maintain their fourth position on the Murray League ladder on Saturday.
Up against Mulwala, the young Cats performed well in the foggy conditions.
Captains Archie Mason and Shadeau Brain (four goals) led the way with impressive performances, with Ed Haynes creating plenty of drive in the centre, providing forwards Ben Chesworth (two goals) and Joc Brain (four) with scoring opportunities.
The Cats welcomed back defender Zye Treadway for his first match of the year after suffering an injury in the pre-season.
Coach Mark Milthorpe was impressed by the even performance of his charges as they continue to develop on their football journey.
Final score, Finley 16.14 (110) to Mulwala 1.1 (7)
Finley’s thirds overcame some lapses to record a 56 point win.
The Cats’ midfield had a focus to start well and were successful in winning the first couple of clearances, setting up a good start.
Spencer Hawkins was solid in the ruck, working with midfielders Lachie Kerr, Dan O’Bryan and Nick Burns.
This provided forwards Luke Bramley (seven goals) with plenty of options to put the goals on the board.
It was a nervous middle two quarters with the Cats dropping off in intensity and ball movement allowing an undermanned Mulwala to kick closer.
Some attacking fast footy from Bailey Coombs and Taylor Kleinschmidt helped the Cats kick away in the latter half of the game.
Developing player Saxon Burdon also had a solid game, helping the Cats get the four points.
Final score, Finley 13.9 (87) to Mulwala 5.1 (31).
When the Cats reserves ran onto the ground the heavy fog had still not lifted.
Mulwala didn’t seem deterred and jumped away to a four goal lead at the first break.
By half time the Lions had kicked 10 goals to one and had controlled the majority of the game.
To Finley’s credit they kept the home side to four goals in the second half to their one.
Best players for the Cats were Riley Rennick, Sam Price, Spencer Hawkins Cam Isedale and Liam Osborne.