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Champion Cats set for comeback

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July 12, 2017

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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