The young Finley fourths saw their run of five consecutive wins ended abruptly by the ladder leader Cobram on Saturday.
The highly skilled Tiger outfit came out strongly from the opening bounce and had the match in their control very early.
The developing Cats played a lot better after the half time break applying pressure to their opposition.
Jack Hay continues to improve and played well against a very good opponent.
Ben Chesworth stood strong in defence and with Eli Sutton, denied Cobram on many occasions.
Skippers Archie Mason and Shadeau Brain played well as onballers trying hard to lift their teammates.
Noah Cain worked hard against the odds and never wavered while Jacob Doohan played his best game for the season.
Final score, Cobram 12.20 (92) to Finley 1.1 (7).
The young Finley thirds had an impressive eight point win over a strong Cobram outfit.
Within the first five minutes the Tigers hit the scoreboard with three quick goals.
The visitors bounced back quickly through some classy footy from Tristan Doyle and the midfield to bring it back to one goal difference at the first break.
In the second quarter it was a different story, as some clean footy from Taylor Kleinschmidt and Lachie Kerr helped the Cats steady and assume the lead.
It was the third quarter when the leaders needed to make a stand and they did.
Nik Burns, Luke Bramley, Dan O’Bryan along with Lachie Kerr and Taylor Kleinschmidt created multiple scoring opportunities with some great team footy to lead by 21 points at the last break.
The Tigers came home with a head of steam with three majors, but it was the Cats that held strong and finished with the four points in an outstanding effort against a top four side.
Final score, Finley 7.7 (49) to Cobram 6.5 (41).
Finley’s reserves were unable to make the most of a good start, fading late to fall to the Tigers by 19 points.
The Cats kept the home side goalless in the opening term to take a two goal lead into the first break.
Cobram went on to win the remaining three quarters however, cruising to victory.
Final score, Cobram 7.9 (51) to Finley 4.8 (32).
Reilly Rennick was Finley’s best player with Stephen Parr, Brad Fyffe, Josh Allan, Cameron Isedale and Lachlan Kerr also playing well.