Mulwala has lost another close one, going down by nine points to Finley in an arm wrestle of a match on Saturday.
Mulwala for the first time this season started with momentum and for large portions of the match had complete control, only for a turnover or 50 metre penalty to hand the momentum back to Finley.
Mulwala showed plenty of fight and spirit, none more so than Josh Slattery who led the way from centre half back.
After missing the early part of the season while overseas, Josh’s return as been instrumental and he was clearly best on ground on Saturday.
Dylan McNamara was another defender who performed admirably, rarely being beaten while providing run from half back.
Veterans Nick O’Bryan and Sean Robinson were also prominent especially during a third quarter comeback.
With Cooper Bennett sent off the field in a learning experience for the youngster, Mulwala found some much needed ticker and stormed back from four goals down.
Lewis Taylor playing in his first senior game for Mulwala kicked a beauty from near the boundary, with Josh Hammond and Chase Strawhorn also kicking crucial goals.
The tackle pressure lifted and Mulwala looked capable of pulling off an upset.
In front of a vocal home crowd Mulwala’s players gave their all in the final 30 minutes.
Dougy Beams and Jackson Gash were everywhere, gathering possession and delivering with elite skill.
Matt Clarke clunked everything and was on fire at centre half forward.
The effort was, however, not enough as Finley rallied to win by nine points with turnovers once again Mulwala’s undoing.
Even though Mulwala’s coaches and playing group were shattered there were still plenty of positives to take out of the game.
Youngster Dale Powell continues to grow and looks a star of the future, Chase Strawhorn was back to his best after only two games and the Beams boys are both in excellent form.
The team will look to get its season back on track when they take on Numurkah this week.
The game will hold extra significance with Sean Robinson set to join brother Dylan and play his 200th Senior game for Mulwala.
Mulwala Reserves have once again proven their premiership credentials with a hard fought 12 point win over Finley.
With one of their strongest teams for the year, Mulwala were full of confidence before the game but within the first 10 minutes they looked all at sea.
Finley’s tall forward line had plenty of opportunities and could have had five goals on the board had they not missed some easy set shots.
Mulwala’s midfield responded and they soon found their groove with some strong tackles changing the momentum.
Craig Fraunfelder was instrumental with his forward pressure helping Corey Bourke hit the scoreboard.
Centre clearance work from Michael Tabain and Nathan Cook led to Mulwala’s second goal in a matter of seconds and suddenly Mulwala were in front.
The arm wrestle continued in the second and third quarters.
The experience and class of Ben James was crucial with three goals while Corey Bourke’s move to defence was the catalyst for a momentum shift back in Mulwala’s favour.
Lachy Orr, Trent Kreeck and Damien Powell were outstanding with their defensive acts, creating turnovers and opportunities for Kyle Collisson and Joel Hogan on the outside.
Through the midfield Michael Tabain and Dylan Scott were making the most of the ruck dominance from Will Vissenga, with all three players making strong contributions.
With it all on the line in the last quarter Adam Rouel continually found the ball while Marcus Larkin provided fantastic leadership and strength at centre half back.
Jack Diamond and Josh Bozzola were dangerous up forward and helped Mulwala out to a three goal lead.
Finley fought it out until the very end but the Mulwala boys hung on for a great win.