Again Sandy Creek and the Tallangatta and District Football League turned on an excellent day and venue for preliminary final day.
The Cats were well aware that the job ahead of them was not going to be an easy one, as Kiewa for some reason seems to be a side that the Cats struggle against every time they meet.
Rutherglen managed to get off to a good start in the first term, taking an eight-point lead into the first break.
Kiewa then came out in the second quarter kicking seven goals to the Cats two which put the Cats 21 points behind at the main break.
In the third quarter the Cats managed to get back to within four points of Kiewa but Kiewa appeared to have all the answers and kicked away again.
There was not going to be the grand final spot for the Cats as the better team on the day finished up winning by 31 points.
So good luck to the Hawks and the Dogs as they battle out the big one next week.
To the Cats – the club did dare to dream that you could be playing off in the big dance next week but it wasn’t to be.
To all the players and the coaching staff thanks for the ride you have taken us on this year it has been fun and exciting.
The supporters realise you guys will be disappointed to finish just short of where you wanted to be, but everyone is extremely proud of your efforts and the work you have all done to get where you have.
Finishing third in a very strong Tallangatta and District Seniors competition is a fantastic achievement.
Score: Cats 12.14.86 defeated by Kiewa Sandy Creek 18.9.117.
Goals: John Spencer 3, Tyson Neander 3, Nathan Waite 2, Ron Fuge, Damien Wilson, Chris Oats, Sam Bowers.
Best: Cam Wilson, Sam Bowers, Jak Hancock, Seamus Bromley, Ryan Jones, Sam Fiedler
The reserve boys came closer to living the dream of a grand final appearance but inaccurate kicking meant the boys will have to wait now until next year.
As was the case in the last two weeks, the backline led by Rhys Renshaw were standing up well and sending the ball forward on numerous occasions but converting into goals wasn’t easy.
Most times if you have seven more scoring attempts than the opposition you win, unfortunately not on this occasion.
All the boys contributed for the full four quarters but fell heartbreakingly three points short of a Grand Final appearance.
Score: Cats 6-17-53 defeated by Yackandandah 8-8-56.
Goals: James Sammon 2, Ian Maiden 2, Harry Cowie 1, Jarryd Hatton 1.
Best: Jarryd Hatton, Cal Dunstan, Harry Cowie, Tom Renshaw, Sam Scott, Ryan Rhodes.
It has been fantastic to see the senior group of 54 players and support staff stick together in such a tight group and be there for one another and enjoy the club’s best ever finals performances as the Rutherglen Cats.
It would have been so wonderful to see the dreams of this tight group come through to reality after all the hard work they have done and heartache they have been through.
While at the Cats we are naturally very disappointed not to be playing in grand finals this weekend, all are unbelievably proud of the way the entire playing group of footballers and netballers have conducted themselves throughout what has been a very heartbreaking and emotional year in so many ways.
The committee has been amazing in the way they have carried an enormous work load, and the supporters have been as faithful as ever, again this year, carrying the club over many obstacles on and off the field.
All attention is now directed towards the Matt Talbot Medal night on Saturday, September 16.
This is the night that the club acknowledges the achievements of players and supporters with awards for the outstanding season they have had.
The Best and Fairest Count and Presentations of all grades of football and netball kick off with the junior count at the Memorial Hall, Rutherglen at 4.30pm.
While tickets are not required for the junior count they are essential for the senior’s count - Matt Talbot Medal night, starting at 6.30pm.