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Cats coach, Doyle confident about 2020 season

By Daniel Hughes

The 2020 schedule for the Murray Football Netball League has been released and Finley coach Tom Doyle is not worried about any match up on the board.

Doyle has witnessed his team develop with specialised training during the off season and said the team’s chemistry has grown at a significant rate.

With that in mind the playing-coach has high hopes for the 2020 season.

“I’m not too worried about the field this year, I think our team is showing some very promising signs in preseason,” Doyle said.

“Last year was a bit of a development year for us so I’m pretty confident about our 2020 season with whoever we face that we can come away with a win.

“Our preseason training has been going well. We had Jim Davis, an exercise scientist, come along and run us through some drills and take us through learning the mechanics of running and how to get the most out of our technique so it was really good for our team to do that.

“Our team chemistry has a really good vibe to it as well; I think it’s vital the team jells off the field and you can tell in some of the bonding sessions we have had, that the team is doing exactly that.

“We’ve had quite a few guys come back to the side, but the main thing is we’ve kept the young core going forward.”

A highlight of the this year's draw is the Cats’ annual Good Friday clash against arch rival Deniliquin Rams.

Finley will host Deni in a game under lights at Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre in round two of the season, a game which Doyle plans to use to boost the experience of the team’s young core.

“The draw looks pretty good, we did well in our night games last year, it’s good for our younger players to get some experience under lights.

“It’s a whole different atmosphere out there with the bigger crowds that come down and it makes for more exciting football so we’ll look to get some more experience under the belt for our developing players.”

The Cats have looked to bolster their core senior side this off season, adding Finley local Jordan Taylor, who returns to his home town fresh from a two-year stint with Southport Sharks in Queensland in the North Eastern Australian Football League.

“Our main recruit is Jordan Taylor, a Finley local and son of club legend Michael Taylor,” Doyle said.

“He brings a tremendous amount of experience having previously played in the NEAFL.
“He’s a local guy that brings intelligence and experience into the squad that I think our younger players will learn a lot from.

“We’ll look to start training in mid to late January, we’re pretty keen to hit the ground running.”