Cats coach still confident

By Tyler Maher

Finley started the Murray Football League season in searing form, claiming four wins from as many matches to put a one-win campaign last year well and truly behind it.

Since then the Cats have plateaued somewhat, losing the next three clashes, but coach Rob Daniel is still full of confidence.

‘‘I’d say the draw was probably pretty kind to us to start with,’’ Daniel said.

‘‘We beat the teams we had hoped to beat and now we’ve run into some of the top sides, but winning those first four games was pretty awesome.

‘‘I thought the boys might have carried some scars over from last year, but even if they did they were gone after those first few wins.

‘‘They were pretty up and about.’’

Injury troubles have arisen at Finley in recent weeks, but apart from marquee recruit Ed Barlow it looks like the Cats now have a full bill of health.

‘‘Ed has had a groin issue a couple of times this year already, but hopefully he’s not too far away,’’ Daniel said.

‘‘Luke Moore and Shaun Kable were back last week so I think we’re pretty close to full strength.’’

The Cats face ladder-leader Barooga today and Daniel has a one-word formula to upset the Hawks — pressure.

‘‘I always think with Barooga it’s about pressure,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re a very talented and skillful side, and if we let them get a run on they’ll (tear us up).

‘‘So we have to get our pressure and tackles up.’’

Zec Cuppens, Angus Robertson, Lachie Small and Paul Massingham have stood out for the Cats in recent weeks and will have to again be at their best today.

For Barooga, Tyrone Downie and Callum Leighton-Daly were outstanding in last week’s hard-fought win against Moama.

Matt Demaio was also impressive with three goals and about nine tackles and, if he gets off the leash at Finley Recreation Reserve, the home crowd could be going home empty-handed.