Cats dominant in feline face-off
Finley’s great form in the Murray League continued on Saturday with a convincing win against Katandra.
In the battle of the felines it was the Cats who dominated the Kats, with Katandra not managing a goal until the final term at Finley Recreation Reserve.
The encounter coincided with the 1988 Premiership Reunion with captain Lachy Small winning the toss and kicking to the Eagle I end.
Needing a win to keep their final four hopes alive the Cats pounced quickly and with the onballers dominating, controlled the play.
By the nine minute mark young forward Matt Wilson had kicked four goals, with strong marking, soccer goals and banana kicks around his body all part of the repertoire.
Wilson was assisted by veteran Paul Massingham, who in turn had six majors by the first break.
The home side’s defence was again led by Mitch Ryan, Nick Robertson and Tom McCarney, drying up all avenues at goal for the travelling Kats.
Lachy Hawkins controlled the stoppages giving Levi Middleton, Zec Cuppens and Ben Ashley-Cooper plenty of use of the ball.
The second term was to provide more of the same and a 70 point lead at the long break saw the Cats set for a massive win.
The match developed it to a messy affair in the second half with Finley managing just 1.2 to 0.3 in the third term.
After being kept goalless in the first three quarters, Katandra’s first major of the game was registered in the last when Luke Minogue kicked truly from a free 30 metres out at the three minute mark.
Katandra went on to outscore Finley for the term to bring the final margin back to 62 points. Final score, Finley 13.16 (94) to 4.8 (32). Finley coach Rob Daniel said his side has their eyes set on a top four finish.
The race for the double chance in finals may come down to percentage, with Cobram and Rumbalara also vying for fourth spot.
‘‘We have a goal of finishing in the top four and we need to win every game from here to do so,’’ Daniel said.
‘‘We’ve managed to pick up a bit of percentage over the past few weeks so if we can continue to do that, we should be in with a good chance.’’
After kicking 12 goals in the past two weeks, Matt Wilson also earned the praises of his coach.
‘‘Matty has been good and we always knew he had something to give up forward,’’ Daniel said.
‘‘We shared the load a bit up forward while Matt played up the ground, but he’s probably one of our only natural goal kickers.
‘‘We’re still defending quite well and now that we’re hitting the scoreboard more often we can aim for that top four finish.’’
The Cats will be at home again this week when they host Shepparton East on Saturday.