Mulwala overcame a slow start to smash Finley by 19 goals under lights on Saturday night.
With finals to begin this week, Mulwala was looking to find some form but lacked intensity and precision during the opening term.
Finley, up and about in front of a vocal home crowd, capitalised on Mulwala’s errors and kicked four first quarter goals.
For the visitors Jackson Gash and Sean Johns were finding plenty of the footy, and Dylan Robinson was once again in control across half back.
With Finley prepared to hold onto the football and chip their way out of defence, Mulwala needed a change in game style or a lift in pressure in order to take control.
Harry Crossley has leadership written all over him, you see it in the way he trains, helps out with the juniors and on Saturday, he showed everyone on the field.
His start to the second quarter was outstanding as he won the football on the inside and presented Ash Froud with multiple opportunities.
His crumbing goal was the highlight of the game and showcased his array of talents.
Mulwala responded around him and surged clear of Finley with Nathan Parker dominant across half forward and Beau Clarke clunking a huge mark at the top of the goal square.
Cody Howard won some important ball and had several runs down the wing. The Fijian flyer even excited the Finley crowd such was the speed in which he moved.
After the main break it was all Mulwala, as Finley only managed a single goal while Mulwala piled on 12.
Ash Froud had been well held early but broke the game open with 9 goals. The dynamic forward even passed a couple off in an unselfish display.
Tom Dow found some much needed form and showed sublime skills while Angus Shand enjoyed his return from a hamstring injury and worked his way into the game.
Down back, the ever reliable Nathan McNair continuously won one-on-one contests while Connor Sanderson once again led the one-percenters.
In a game where there was little to gain, Mulwala did its job and now face a big test, taking on Moama on its home deck next Sunday in an elimination final.
Mulwala have took on a talented ‘Dad’s Army’ and cruised to 17 goal win.
In a five goal opening term Mulwala showed its running power, with Dale Powell, Cam Carling and Jayke Nichnolson breaking the lines and Jack Diamond kicking two goals.
Jack was the dominant forward on the ground but could not buy a goal after quarter time, hitting the post 4 times.
Dave Nero was at his spirited best, tackling and throwing his body into the play.
Big Joe Magro was a beast up forward and took several contested marks while Adam Rouel found a heap of the footy.
Mulwala should have been 15 goals up at half time such was their dominance but inaccuracy was a major issue with coach Mick Fletcher urging his players to show more commitment and lift their skill level.
Ruben Butts’ move to the forward line paid immediate dividends in the third quarter, kicking two goals and setting up several others.
Robert Wilson and Lachie Wood both racked up the possessions while Charlie Magro and Isaac Bond were crucial in the aerial contests.
With 6 goals for the quarter, the third was easily Mulwala’s best.
Nayte Houghton was moved forward during the last quarter and may have found himself a permanent home such was his dominance.
His strong marking led to two goals and he gave another off which was typical of his unselfish character.
Mulwala kicked another five goals but managed 9 behinds with many wasted opportunities including Chris O’Neill’s miss from the top of the square.
Mulwala now face a big challenge, taking on Moama on their home ground for a chance to continue their season this coming Sunday.
Mulwala have been handed a bit of a spanking in their last game for the season.
Unable to kick a goal there was still plenty of positives. Zack Scott and Tanner Nyholm were both fantastic and will be dominant next year when they return taller and stronger.
Cooper Chung had his moments tearing down the wing with Ricky Walker another to show a clean set of heels.
With Tom Tout and Dylan Leadingham both struggling with the flu, the work was left to too few with Robert Wilson sticking his hand up again.
The young man could be something very special considering his vertical leap and long left foot kick.
Credit to Gus Ednie and his band of helpers for their terrific work in helping these young boys learn the game and enjoy their footy.
With many of the boy’s top age, Mulwala has made it a priority to keep these great young men who not only have a bright future playing football but have the character and integrity that will add to Mulwala’s culture.
Mulwala have fought hard against a taller Finley team but gone down by five goals.
Led by Sam Davis, the young cult figure kicked three goals, with Jack Tout adding another to his tally for the year.
The Psaltiras twins once again led the way with their energy and courage to run all day.
Daniel Roberts continued his massive improvement, named best player with Josh Eder, Daniel Walker, Jack Tout and Connor Phibbs also amongst the best players.
With many heavy defeats for the year, the class, endeavor and commitment from the young men has been fantastic.
A huge thanks to Pickle Phibbs for his efforts as coach and the many parents and volunteers who have helped drive this young group.