Finley’s bid for back-to-back Murray Football League grand final appearances has been greatly bolstered with the signing of high profile Blighty star Jake Plattfuss.
Plattfuss confirmed his return to Finley earlier this week, and said he will be lining up against the Deniliquin Rams in the Murray Football League’s opening clash on Good Friday.
After going down to Nathalia by 13 points in the Murray League decider last season, the young Cats’ forward line will greatly benefit from the towering key position player.
Plattfuss, a former assistant coach with Blighty, last played for Finley in 2007 and said he is looking forward to the challenge of a new competition.
‘‘I’m looking forward to heading back there. My fiance (Gemma Braybon) is playing netball for Finley this year and I decided to head there with her,’’ Plattfuss said.
‘‘It’s a bit of a step up [from the Picola League] so it should be good.
‘‘I hopefully will be playing all over the ground and not the ruck but we will have to wait and see.’’
Last year’s Finley coach Rob Daniel has stood aside, and Plattfuss and the rest of the Cats will play under country football legend Damian Sexton this season.
‘‘Damian was coaching last time I played for Finley, and we made the finals that year, so hopefully we can do it again. Hopefully we can go as good as last year if not better.’’
Plattfuss played most of his junior footy with the Redeyes before stints at Finley and Wangaratta.
Playing for Finley in 2007 he was runner-up best and fairest behind Sexton.
He returned to Blighty in 2010, playing 51 games and booting 71 goals in three seasons. He won the Redeyes’ best and fairest award in 2010 and was the leading goalkicker the following year.
Last year was another standout season for the former Murray Bashranger, finishing second in the club’s best and fairest.
The winner of Blighty’s best and fairest last year, onballer Danny Clarke, has also left Blighty and will play for Shepparton East this season.
Others to leave the Redeyes in search of greener pastures include Josh Peers and Ben Lucas (both Berrigan), and Beau Close, Saxon Fehring, David Chalmers and Justin Barker (all Deni Rams).
Three people have been injured in a two-vehicle crash at the Puckapunyal Army Base.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A cement hopper, being towed by a cement truck, ended up on its side as the truck driver went around a bend in McMillan Rd, Echuca, this morning.
Campaspe Shire will host a workshop to help district contractors write council tenders.
The talent of Kyabram and District’s up-and-coming young sports stars was highlighted at the 2013 Kyabram and District Infinity Sportstar of the Year awards night.
Seymour defeated Echuca by 37 points in an excellent effort and a thrilling performance in round six of the Goulburn Valley Football League action on Saturday.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
Much of the inspiration for Heathcote-based musician Doug Bruce's latest album came from driving on the McIvor Hwy, he says.
Detectives in pursuit of Australia’s most wanted man have not ruled out Cobram as a possible hiding place.
Record crowd predicted for the 2013 Deniliquin Ute Muster with the announcement of US country superstar Alan Jackson as the headline act.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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