Cats ready for challenges

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Tara Murray

Albion is excited for the challenges of the next few weeks in the Western Football League division 2 competition.

The only undefeated team in the competition, the Cats have a four week period where they face the other sides in the top five.

After a number of one-sided affairs, Cats coach Blake Richards said it would be good to have some good tests.

“We’re coming into a block with some decent opposition,” he said. “We play the other sides in the top five the next three weeks.

“Some of the sides coming up from division 3 have struggled a little bit.

“It’s a nice little block for us and it will test us out in a mini final series. Touchwood we don’t have any injuries and we can play some good football.”

Richards said he had been really proud of the way the boys had approached the season and were motivated no matter who they were playing.

He said they were really enjoying the season.

On Saturday, the Cats faced Wyndhamvale, which had lost just one game for the season.

The Cats jumped out of the blocks and led by 53 points at half time, having kept the Falcons goal less.

The second half was a little bit closer, but the Cats were able to come away with a 14.5 (89)-4.4 (28) win.

Richards said he was pretty happy with the result.

“The boys were up and about and were keen to try and improve our footy and play some good footy,” he said.

“We did that in the first half especially and were in control of the game. We set up well up forward all day and our backs also set up well.

“We did have a couple of injuries in the third quarter and we had to change up our structure a little bit.”

Jesse Cavanagh and Benjamin Doll kicked four goals each for the Cats, before leaving the field in the third quarter through injury.

Cavanagh copped a corkie, while Doll tweaked his ankle. Richards said neither would be long term injuries.

Josh Bench was best on ground for the Cats, while Richards to Cavanagh was having a good game up forward.

He was also impressed with Bryce Miles, who came up from the reserves, in the midfield and the pressure set by Chris Tomazos.

One player who wasn’t out there for the Cats, was Caleb McPherson as he made his Victorian Football League debut on Sunday.

Richards, who was heading to watch him play, said it was exciting for the club.

“You like to see one of your players get rewarded at that level,” he said.

“We’ve only had two or three the last 10 years that have come through the juniors. He has done it through the seniors and has done a lot of work.”

Albion this week host the Suns.