Cats flat against Purps

August 02, 2017

Finley were once again on the wrong side of a big margin, falling to Nathalia by 127 points in round 15 of the Murray League on Saturday.

The Purples put the Cats to the sword at Nathalia Recreation Reserve, with 12 individual goalkickers contributing to the scoreline.

Mal Barnes and Adam Hickey each snared a major in their 100th games, while Campbell Marx (five goals), Todd Hicks (four) and Bailey Bell (four) all filled their boots in the big win.

Cam Robertson (two goals) and Shaun Kable continue to perform well for the Cats, while Kyle Russell was also outstanding.

Young guns Zeke Carruthers and Duncan Clarke stood tall against the reigning premier with veteran defender Scott Jewell also performing well.

Final score, Nathalia 25.8 (158) to Finley 4.7 (31).

Finley coach Rob Daniel said that while his side improved on the last time they faced Nathalia, he was hoping for a better outcome.

‘‘I honestly thought we could push Nathalia all the way but the boys were a bit flat on Saturday,’’ he said.

‘‘The effort probably wasn’t up to where it has been in recent weeks which was disappointing.

‘‘There were a few who were up and about though. Kyle Russell was clearly our best player and Duncan Clarke was impressive at centre half forward after coming on as the sub.’’

Despite the heavy loss it was still a commendable effort from Finley, who cut their previous losing margin against Nathalia down by 106 points from earlier in the year.

The Cats have the week off with their next game against Echuca United in the second half of the Murray League’s split round.

‘‘When we played Echuca last time it was a real turning point for us,’’ Daniel said.

‘‘It was our first game where we had really started to put trust in each other and started to play good team footy.

‘‘I believe we’ll have everyone available for the first time this season so we should hopefully be able to test the Eagles out a bit.’’

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