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Home soil celebrations for Finley Cats

Finley Football Netball Club was welcomed into its new clubrooms on Saturday, playing at home for the first time this season.

August 6, 2014 4:00am

Finley thirds players with their 2013 Murray Football League premiership flag.


Gallery: More photos from Saturday's home game

 

Finley’s 2013 thirds premiership team finally got to follow tradition on Saturday, unfurling their flag at the club’s first home game of the season.

In fact it was a sweet homecoming for the entire club, albeit now Round 15 of the Murray Football League season, which unveiled its new state-of-the-art community clubrooms.

Finley Football Netball Club president Ashley Haynes said the interest and support on Saturday was ‘‘impressive’’.

‘‘It was fantastic to see such a big crowd,’’ Mr Haynes said.

‘‘Compared to the old rooms, the new rooms were much easier to work with as there’s a better kitchen and bar, more viewing space for spectators and great exposure for sponsors.

‘‘The club would like to thank Congupna for switching fixtures earlier in the season, and everyone involved — the volunteers, the Berrigan Shire and everyone who supports the club.’’

‘‘The atmosphere was wonderful and everyone seemed to be really happy with the new rooms.’’

Works to build the new ‘whole community’ Finley Apex Sporting and Community Centre began earlier this year.

The initial goal was to have the Finley Cats step out onto their home field for the first time in round nine in June.

Some delays in connecting services created some uncertainty about whether the club would be able to return home at all this season, but news came through late last week that Saturday’s match against Congupna would be the first.

Hundreds of people turned out to cheer on the Cats, with at least 200 supporters piling into the new clubrooms for the post-match presentations.

The new rooms include a social hall, changerooms for home and visiting sporting teams, recreation hall, committee room, designated entry with reception area, umpires’ room, portable stage area and an upper floor for time-keeping and judges’ box.

FFNC number one ticket holder Mark Robertson tossed the coin at the start of the senior game, with rival captains Mitch Sidebottom from Congupna and Mikka Littlejohn (Finley) looking on.

It was also a milestone day for Doug McLean who played his 100th senior game for Finley.

To top off the excitement, the Cats posted a big win.

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