The Finley thirds consolidated their position in the top six with a hard fought one-goal win over emerging rivals, Congupna on Saturday.
An inspirational performance from Zec Cuppens propelled the young Cats to an early lead and with bustling youngster Kodi Cain also to the fore, they were able to dictate the tempo of the game until momentum shifted late in the third quarter.
Congupna swung several positional changes and this sparked an unlikely late revival.
Despite relinquishing the lead early in the last term Finley were able to hold their nerve and sealed the win courtesy of a great team goal delivered via James McCaw.
All players once again played their role in the win with some of the more prominent being Luke Bramley, Liam Osborne, Duncan Clarke and Dan O’Bryan.
Dylan Sibraa contributed two goals in another solid performance.
Final score, Finley 6.6 (42) to Congupna 5.6 (36).
The Finley thirds also had a special night this week with ex-Sydney Swans player and former local David Murphy taking the young Cats for a training run on Monday.
Murphy was visiting his father Ray in Finley and decided to impart his knowledge and love of football to the side.
He lived in Finley until he was 18 years-old, attending St Joseph’s Primary and Finley High School, before moving to the Wagga Wagga suburb of Turvey Park.
The pacey winger started his footy career at the Swans as a 21 year-old in 1984, playing 156 games, recently being named on the wing in the Sydney Swans’ Team of the Century.