Finley coach Damian Sexton has faith the Cats can continue their success of the past three years.By Damen Francis
The premiership may be out of reach again, but Finley coach Damian Sexton believes three years of sustained success shows his club is on the right track.
Saturday’s Murray Football League preliminary final defeat to Mulwala followed a grand final appearance last year and a preliminary final in 2011 — the Cats were second-best on both occasions.
The hunt for a first senior premiership since 1988 continues, but so, too, will the club’s philosophy for building a team capable of succeeding in that task.
‘‘To have success at our club, we target local boys that are playing somewhere else and try to bring them back,’’ Sexton said.
‘‘Then we look at mates of players, so we have a really close group and everyone likes playing together.’’
One exception to that approach is Ryan Bongetti, who arrived this season from Cobram.
The 2010 O’Dwyer medallist proved a sensation at the Cats, booting 35 goals as a midfield-forward and living up to his reputation as one of the most talented on-ballers in the competition.
But it was the leadership of the Murray interleague and Victoria Country Two representative that most impressed Sexton.
Sexton said there were no retirements in the Cats’ camp — at least none he knew of — and the youth of the side meant there was a good chance of keeping the majority of the group together.
A horror run of injuries allowed the likes of Jeremy Congram, Tennyson Vance and Allister Clarke to stamp their claim on a place in the first team this season.
Levi Middleton was another under-17 eligible player to impress, before his season-ending injury in the elimination final against Deniliquin Rams.
With that in mind, expect the Cats to be hungrier than ever next season.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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