Rumbalara was able to secure its first victory of the Murray Football League season on Saturday, despite trailing for much of the contest.
Playing coach Nathan Lovett-Murray was pleased with the fight and determination his troops showed after Finley started the better of the two sides.
‘‘We were probably a bit lucky that they didn’t kick straight, but to the boys’ credit they played really well,’’ he said.
‘‘We really ran over the top of them in the end.’’
With the Cats only leading by 10 points at the main break, but with 16 scoring shots to Rumba’s six, Lovett-Murray called for a better effort from his charges.
‘‘I put the pressure on the leadership group at half-time and they really stood up,’’ he said.
‘‘I was also impressed with the young boys, guys like Anthony Walker gave us a lot of run and carry.’’
Beau Jackson dominated up forward with five majors, benefiting from a boost in confidence after being promoted to the senior side last week.
‘‘We’ve worked with him a lot and he’s really starting to believe in himself,’’ Lovett-Murray said.
‘‘A big forward presence is probably something that we’ve lacked, and the boys know if he doesn’t mark it he’ll at least bring it to ground.’’
Brad Armstrong was Rumbalara’s best, while Simon Hunter continued his recent jump in form to again play well.
For Finley, although the final scoreboard showed its ninth loss of the year, it was a much improved effort on display.
New recruit Tim Meulendyks booted another three goals to take his tally to seven majors from three matches, while captain Lachie Small shook off an injury cloud to lead the way for his team.
In the end though, Finley will be left to wonder what might have been after spraying plenty of opportunities in front of goal.
The winless Cats finished with more behinds (19) than Rumbalara had scoring shots (18), yet still tasted defeat to the tune of 16 points.