Ladder leader Finley hit a hurdle on Saturday, with the Cats going down to Deniliquin by 22 points.July 23, 2014 3:00am
Finley’s five-match winning streak came to an end on Saturday, with the Deniliquin Rams scoring a 22-point win at home.
The Rams were looking for their eighth straight win while Finley was out to consolidate its position at the top of the Murray Football League ladder.
Despite Finley holding momentum at stages, the Rams proved too strong with four last-quarter goals to seal the deal.
Final score: Deniliquin 11.11 (77) def. Finley 7.12 (54).
The first quarter saw the Cats attack the contest and drive the ball forward on many occasions, however this didn’t result in goals on the board.
Finley had its chances to hold an advantage at the first break but didn’t capitalise on its opportunities.
Deni scored late in the quarter and this saw the Cats leading by only two points at the break.
The second term saw the Rams take full advantage of the breeze, kicking four goals to one and setting up many attacks off Finley’s half-back.
Todd Gallagher, Clay Howe and Ricky Gittens provided opportunities for the Rams, along with Daniel Jordan who was proving to be a thorn in Finley’s side across half-back.
Finley’s Steve Pattern, Nick Robertson and Dane Maxwell were playing well for the visitors, but it was deni who held a 19-point lead at the main break.
After half-time Deni again controlled the play for the first six minutes, kicking a goal through Brett Macdonald, before the Cats kicked into gear.
Levi Middleton, Ned Morrison and Mikka Littlejohn propelled Finley into attack, with Tom Seccull moving into the ruck and Dane Maxwell at full forward.
In what looked like a master move, Maxwell kicked two goals and hit the post once to give Finley a real chance of winning the game.
Young gun Aidan Murphy-Riddell put on a great smoother and recovered the ball himself to kick an inspirational goal.
Soon after, fellow teenager Jess Koopman took a spectacular contested mark and saluted accordingly, while Ben McKie continued his good job on Rams star Ash Morris.
With Matt Jackson controlling Finley’s back line and Cameron Robertson starting to work his way into the game, scores were almost tied up heading into the final quarter.
The last term saw Finley win the first clearance and work the ball to half-forward only to see Deni rebound.
Finley had its chances but a four-goals-to-none last quarter saw the Rams upset Finley and keep its winning streak alive.
Awards: Finley Bowling Club - Steve Pattern; RS Club - Ned Morrison; Golf Club - Nick Robertson; Winners’ Club - Aidan Murphy-Riddell, Levi Middleton.
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