Finley’s stellar start to the Murray Football League season continued on Saturday with a comprehensive win against Tongala.
The Cats kept their perfect record in tact by engineering another team-orientated performance as nine players hit the scoreboard in the 13.10 (88) to 3.3 (21) victory.
Paul Massingham, Tim McKenzie and Cam Robertson were Finley’s best contributors, while for the Blues it was Michael Pryde, the returning Corey Nexhip and Ryley Cowley who stood out.
●Nathalia celebrated Ash Quinn’s 200th game in style, restricting its opposition to just 18 points for the second time in as many matches.
The Purples did not pile on as many goals as they would have liked in tough conditions, but the 6.11 (47) to 2.6 (18) triumph was still convincing.
Bowen Smith’s two majors were the only multiple goals for the game, while Tom Nihill would be threatening his teammate for an early lead in the club’s best-and-fairest after another brilliant display.
Adam Decicco, Sam Beasley and Alexander King impressed for the Tigers.
●Shepparton East claimed the early ascendancy over its fellow ex-Picola District Football Netball League rivals after securing a solid victory against Katandra.
The Kats flew out of the blocks and took an early lead in the contest, but the Eagles booted 4.8 to nothing across the next two quarters to wrestle control of the game back from the home side.
A free-flowing final term blew the scoreline out to 13.10 (88) to 8.5 (53), with the returning Daniel Campbell (six goals) the most dangerous Eagle in attack.
Simon Russell, Ryan Pfeiffer and tagger Joey Perkovic joined Campbell in Shepparton East’s best players, while Corey Hickford, Will Jeffrey and Aaron Muntz impressed for Katandra.
●Mulwala bounced back into form on its home deck, putting the foot down in the final term to run out an 11.11 (77) to 6.6 (42) victor over Moama.
The Magpies were just eight points down at the final change at Lonsdale Reserve, but managed just a solitary behind in the last quarter.
Sean Robinson (four goals), Sean Johns (two) and Hamish Hosking were the best players for the Lions, while Luke Dunham, Paul Van Der Sluys and Logan Power battled hard for Moama.
●Numurkah got the better of Echuca United in a low-scoring affair, 7.5 (47) to 4.4 (28).
The Blues booted three goals to none in the opening foray and kept the Eagles at arm’s length for the rest of the contest as Michael Herlihy, Jamie Fulton and Luke McKeown led the way.
For the Eagles, Jack Hajro, Paul Kirby and Sam Toulmin pushed the issue, but it was not enough for the home side to taste success.
●Barooga made all the running against Rumbalara in a 9.13 (67) to 4.8 (32) triumph.
The Hawks were led well by Will Gorman and Spiro Vourgaslis (two goals each) up forward, while Billy Andrew and Riley Brooks were also among the more prominent contributors to the victory.
Rumba’s Djaran Whyman, Rex Taylor and Ash Miller impressed during the game, but kicking just one goal after the main break was never going to be enough to snare the points at Barooga Recreation Reserve.