Finley fields filled with junior soccer stars

May 18, 2018

Kylie Shepherd and Mackenzie Hannan rehearsing for the upcoming FADAMS production 'The Vampire Strikes Back'.

Finley's Under 12 Barcelona team (back from left) Zac Everingham, Tobiah Hurd, Katy Wallis (coach), Angus Hay, Allison Macleod and Kohan Joseph; (front) Roree Wallis, Mason Maraldo, Destin Nshimirimana, Archie Evans, Alana Rickard and Rosie Steel.

Finley was certainly showcased to perfection last Saturday with over 265 junior soccer players and their families coming together for the competition held at the Finley Showgrounds and sporting complex.

Cobram Junior Soccer Association is comprised of teams from Cobram, Finley and Yarrawonga with games taking place over the three towns each Saturday.

Despite the cold wind, supporters of all teams gathered on the sidelines to encourage players aged from under six years to under 12 years of age.

Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends well outnumbered the players and coaches shouting instructions as play went on.

Credit must also be given to those who work in the background like Geoff Boscombe and his trusty dog Lulu.

Geoff and Lulu can be seen mowing the grounds each week to ensure the comfort and safety of the young players.

Further games will be played in Finley on June 30 and July 21 so be sure to go along and support these important junior members of our community.


Another event which is attracting lots of attention in Finley at the moment is the upcoming FADAMS presentation of ‘The Umpire Strikes Back’ by Simon Denver.

This will be held over two weekends — June 1 and 2 (Friday / Saturday) and June 15 and 16 (Fri/Sat) with a matinee performance on Sunday, June 17.

Tickets for the evening sessions are $45 per person including a two course meal (BYO drinks), with the matinee to commence at 2pm at a cost of $20 per person including light afternoon tea.

The Heritage listed School of Arts is the venue and tickets can be purchased at Murray Hut Clothing.

The Umpire Strikes Back takes you on an odyssey through outer space and follows our hapless hero, Luke Streetwalker as he attempts to save the fair maiden, Princess Lei from the evil clutches of Dark Vader.

Not a naturally courageous fellow, Luke Streetwalker seeks help from a variety of space creatures in an attempt to avoid a fight to the death.

As well as the many talented performers of past years, there will be an opportunity for those attending to witness two newcomers to FADAMS.

Kylie Shepherd and Mackenzie Hannan bring a new approach to this very popular production so be sure to purchase tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

FADAMS asks that you please ensure your light sabers are checked at the door.


St Joseph’s Primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Parish combined fete is shaping up to be an event not to be missed this Sunday in the under cover area of the school.

Starting at 11am, there are several new attractions including food and drink stalls such as Marg Breust Chocolates, Murray Estate wines, Anytime Cakes, Aintree Almonds, Windsor Park products and Chasing Sane Studio.

Naturally, the ever popular spinning wheel and jumping castle will also be in operation.

Another big attraction is the fantastic wood auction which is scheduled to start at 1pm.

As usual, there will be several loads of wood to go under the hammer in the hands of Greg McNamara and this is a good opportunity to purchase fuel with the colder months we are now experiencing.

So be sure to go along, have a great day and enjoy the community spirit with family and friends.


Finley Rotary Club members would like to remind everyone that May is Bowel Scan Month and urge members of the community to purchase a kit from the local pharmacy at a cost of $15.

Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.

It is estimated that 33,000 Australians will die of bowel cancer by 2025.

In Australia, there are 15,253 people diagnosed with bowel cancer each year and 2,186 of these people were under 55.

Studies show participating in screening can reduce your risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16 per cent.


The Finley branch of Christian Women Communicating International (CWCI) committee would like to extend an invitation to all ladies in the area to a Dessert and Coffee Evening with Bec Lanham to be held on Wednesday, June 6 at the Finley Uniting Church Hall.

Cost is $8 per person and the evening will start at 7.30pm.

Bec Lanham is an experienced facilitator with over 15 years experience in creating and presenting training programs to improve communication skills.

She believes strongly in encouraging women to play a mentoring role in each other’s lives and to provide a safe place for women to be real.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Joyce on 0427891393.


This Saturday is Crazy Whist time at the Uniting Church hall, Coree St, Finley.

It will start at 1.30pm and will include afternoon tea.

A warm welcome is extended to all who go along to enjoy an afternoon of fun and fellowship.

The organisers of the recent very successful street stall would like to thank all who contributed in any way. Winner of the raffle was Janice Christie.


The Biggest Morning Tea is on Thursday, May 24.

Running this year’s event will be the Patchwork and Craft Shop at 204 Murray St.

Businesses can pre-order their morning tea by contacting Jenny Tarrant 0447373070 or Jean Williams 58831031.


Items for From Finley may be submitted by phoning 0428293922 or email [email protected] or left at the SRN office. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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