It’s that time of year again – finals - which seem to come around quicker and quicker as each year passes.
The weather Gods turned it on for what we knew was going to be a high standard match against the Tallangatta League’s most experienced finals contender in Mitta.
The Cats were under no illusion that the tempo had to go up if we were going to match it with or beat the Mountain Men out at Sandy Creek.
The game lived up to expectations with scores level at quarter time and the Cats just having its noses in front at the main break.
In the third term, however, Mitta gave the Cats a taste of why they are a perennial finals team by kicking four goals to two and heading into the last break with a handy 11 point lead.
The last quarter started with Mitta kicking the first goal early and the Cats fans were understandably a bit nervous, can’t be sure where the inspiration started but perhaps our man from above wasn’t going to let his Cats let this one slip.
The boys started to get the roll on and went from strength to strength kicking seven goals to Mitta’s three in the last quarter to win a very high standard game from both sides by 14 points.
As with any finals game it took everyone to contribute to win the game but the stand outs were Chris Oats, Tyson Neander, Sam Fiedler, Sam Bowers, Jared Farwell and Damien Wilson.
Now for test number two against our old enemy the Lions.
Score: Rutherglen 17-12-114 defeated Mitta United 15-10-100.
Rutherglen 13-6-84 defeated Kiewa Sandy Creek 7-13-55.
With a repeat of the round 18 clash the week before in our wishes, in reality it wasn’t ever going to be an easy game.
The Kiewa outfit are seasoned finals contenders and it took a steely effort by the Cats reserves to finish the KSC season.
It was the master Ian Maiden and co-forward James Sammon each kicking four goals that gave the Cats a target.
Sam Scott and Cal Dunstan were at their very best with Jake Turton again showing why he keeps polling so well at TDFL medal counts.
Ryan Maxwell was as solid as ever, Harry Cowie played another strong game and the experience of Brad Milthorpe helped secure the 29 point win and give the guys a chance to advance further against Wahgunyah at Kiewa Sandy Creek this coming Sunday.
Rutherglen 10-14-74 defeated Wahgunyah 6-7-43.
The young Cats worked extremely hard to get a very well-deserved win.
With all the boys knowing that to win finals football you need to play as a strong team and this is what all the boys did on Sunday.
Josh Smith showed what an asset he is to this team with perhaps his best game for the year and Tyler Ferraro showing again he is a class act.
The Tanner twins and Colby Coulston also amongst the team’s best.
Thurgoona this coming Sunday will be another challenge, but nothing the Cats can’t overcome.
This Sunday will be a huge day at Kiewa Sandy Creek for our club with the under 17s, reserves and senior football teams all playing along with our C Grade and under 18 netballers.
To add to what is already a busy day, the club is running the canteen and barbecue on Sunday and requires all hands on deck to help make the day a huge success off the field as well as on.
If you can help at some stage throughout the day please contact Annette Meyer or a committee member to place your name amongst the list of helpers.