Finley’s Zec Cuppens, Taylor Kleinschmidt, Luke Bramley and Duncan Clarke all proudly represented the Cats in the Murray Football League Under 18s interleague side on Saturday.
Cuppens, who co-captained the side with Rumbalara’s Marlon Johnstone, was named among the better players in MFL’s one goal loss against Gippsland at Moe.
MFL coach Adrian Daly said Cuppens’ leadership was impressive.
‘‘Marlon and Zec led from the front all day; I could not have asked for much more from them,’’ Daly said.
‘‘I thought we had two of the best players on the ground in Riley Gow and Sam Willoughby.
‘‘Riley was very sharp early and kept us in the game, and Sam put his head over the ball all day and was just amazing and inspirational. They nearly dragged us over the line in the end.’’
Deni Rams onballer Willoughby was awarded the medal for being Murray League’s best on ground, chosen in front of Barooga spearhead Gow (six goals) for the award.
While unable to get the win coach Daly was still impressed with the MFL side’s efforts.
‘‘It was a very good game of football between two talented sides,’’ Daly said.
‘‘Gippsland played a very attacking brand of footy and put us under immense pressure, but I was proud of the effort the boys showed.’’
For Daly though, winning was always a secondary objective.
‘‘We gave the boys a licence at the start of the day to take the game on,’’ Daly said.
‘‘We just wanted to keep giving them the message to not go into their shells and it was a terrific game to showcase the talent that these boys have to offer.
‘‘I was just so proud of the way they played. Winning would have been nice, but I walk away from it feeling like they’re all winners for the way they went about it.’’