Up-and-bout Cats ready for another Hale and hearty showing

October 27, 2017

Mooroopna import Will Hale steered his side to victory with an unbeaten century against Shepparton United, delivering his side's first win of the season.

The monkey is off Mooroopna’s back and the Cats are ready to pounce.

After two losses to open the Haisman Shield season, Mooroopna desperately needed a result last week.

The Cats got it against Shepparton United thanks to English import Will Hale blasting an unbeaten century.

The challenge only gets greater tomorrow when they travel to take on the Blues at Numurkah Showgrounds.

Numurkah is coming off a disappointing defeat against Katandra, but the Blues look to be the big improvers of the competition after adding Shaun Downie, Dylan Grandell and Josh Smith during the off-season.

Mooroopna captain Paul Marshall said he was well aware of Numurkah’s talents, but that would not be playing on the Cats’ minds.

‘‘Numurkah is a very strong side, but we don’t worry about them, we’ll worry about what we need to do well,’’ Marshall said.

‘‘We’re pretty happy to go in as underdogs, we’ll be going at 100 per cent and with how the one-dayers are this year, anyone can beat anyone, but they’ll (Numurkah) go in as favourites.

‘‘Wins on the board early are so important and to get the win last week brings us back a bit and we’ll try to get that second win on Saturday.

‘‘Being 0-2 was quite a difficult pill to swallow, but we got a bit more confidence out of the win and if we’re 2-2 that makes things a lot better all of a sudden.’’

Hale’s heroics lifted the Cats to victory against United, but players like Marshall, the reigning Lightfoot medallist, Jeremy Mullane and Aaron DiFede are capable of being match winners.

Numurkah stars Downie, Grandell, Smith and Liam Gledhill were kept well in check against the Eagles, but it is hard to see all of them having off days again.

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