Weekly Times |A LOT can change in one season.
Finley’s fall from the top echelons of the Murray Football League was laid bare on Saturday in a grand final rematch against Nathalia.
The Cats failed to score a goal in the 233-point demolition by the reigning premier, which came off the back of a loss to Barooga where they did not score at all and lost by 288 points.
The club has had some interesting cameos this season — coach Rob Daniel, who has infrequently played reserves in recent years, played against Barooga while Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell, who has family ties to Finley, pulled the boots on in Round 1 against Numurkah.
“Hopefully that’s it for cameos,” Finley president Ashley Haynes said.
But Haynes is looking for silver linings. Charlie Hawkins, younger brother of Geelong Cat Tom, has finished his tertiary studies in Queensland and returned home, making his senior debut on Saturday. Haynes also remains hopeful that the end of the rice harvest will enable the club to field a reserves side.
Finley’s loss was the second-highest margin in senior country football games last weekend — and the highest was in another grand final rematch. Lindenow South beat Swan Reach 42.34 (286) to 2.3 (15), compared to a 75-point margin in the Omeo and District grand final.
Other grand final rematches last weekend were closer, but the champions remained the ones to catch in most cases.