Cats third grade claw their way to a big win

By Southern Riverina News

Finley's thirds started their Murray League September campaign with a bang on Sunday defeating a strong fifth place Mulwala at Tungamah.

The Cats set the tempo in the first quarter putting on three first term majors using a slight breeze to help them.

With the early lead the Lions' defense stepped up and the second term saw just one goal each by both teams.

The Cats took full advantage of having the wind behind their backs in the third term putting on five more majors to Mulwala's three.

The fourth quarter showed the quality of the leaders for Finley as they put through two more majors to finish the day with a five goal win.

This week Finley will take on a fourth placed Numurkah at Cobram at 10:45am.

Final score, Finley 11.2 (68) to Mulwala 6.4 (40).

Finley Goal Kickers: B. Ashley-Cooper 3, S. Brain 2, E. Haynes 2, N. Gray, L. Webster, A. Fennell, C. Lawler.

Best Players: C. Wright, B. Ashley-Cooper, L. Osborne, S. Brain, Z. Treadway, M. Webster.


The Finley fourths season has sadly come to an end.

Taking on seventh placed Moama in an elimination final at Tungamah, the young Cats seemed a little nervous.

Jack Hay was in the ruck with Liam Rafferty out and Wispa Brain had a go on ball with Jake Orro also out.

It was Moama who struck first with two goals in the first quarter to lead 2.2.14 to no score.

A few changes were put in place and after another Moama goal Harrison King was able to hit the scoreboard late to put a few nerves at ease at half time with the deficit now 13 points.

The thirds quarter saw Ethan McLeish go into the ruck winning the majority of the taps, Tristan Ogilvie was gathering possession whilst laying multiple tackles.

The young Cats had all of the play but couldn’t manage to score a major for the quarter kicking two points to Moama’s one goal to have the scoreboard Finley 1.4.10 to 4.3.27.

The last quarter Finley again had all the play whilst not being able to convert.

A late goal to Zac Everingham saw the Cat's supporting crew hold their breath for a late comeback chance.

Unfortunately this wasn't to be as Moama ran away with the win.

The backline of Joc Brain, Will Hannan, Harry Taylor, Jordan Sykes and Patrick Waugh were outstanding in the second half to only allow Moama to kick one goal, one point.

Final score, Moama 4.4 (28) to Finley 2.5 (17).

Best on ground went to Ethan McLeish in a break out game while Tristan Ogilvie, Jordan Sykes, Harry Taylor, Joc Brain and Jack Hay were all among the best.