Cats 4ths fly to big win

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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.

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