Cats purring in finals race

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CATS FANS, rejoice. You’re two-thirds of the way through the season and a whopping 12 points clear of sixth place on the Heathcote District Football League ladder.

It’s a sentence no one really thought would be said at this time of year, just months into the return of LBU’s favourite son Kahl Oliver.

But it is, and to add to it, the Cats once again pounced on an unsuspecting prey on Saturday — this time in the form of White Hills.

In fact LBU dispatched White Hills in emphatic fashion — by 62 points at the Cattery in Lockington.

They were buoyed by a bag of five goals to Lachie Collins, lending him a two-goals a game average, while Liam Main once again showed his class when he was named best on ground.

That makes it three wins on the bounce for the Cats.

And with a bye this week — as the Heathcote and District Football League does not stop for the AFL Metro v AFL Country game — LBU is in great shape.

The best part of this remarkable run of form is that fourth place, or higher, is not out of the question.

Current fourth-place holders Huntly fell victim to LBU three weeks ago, and were beaten by the North Bendigo Bulldogs on Saturday.

This means there is just a one game gap between them and the Cats.

LBU coach Kahl Oliver said his side is more than pleased with where they are at the moment.

‘‘We didn’t play very well in the first half,’’ Oliver said.

‘‘We were only up by about seven points at half-time and then won the majority of the footy in the second.

‘‘Our back six played really well, keeping (White Hills) to a few goals on the day.

‘‘We kicked away in that last half after we had a good chat at half-time and they got going.

‘‘Our aim is to play finals and four plays five in that first week, so it doesn’t really matter whether we finish fourth or fifth,’’ he said.

Sam Wolfe injured his hamstring, and will miss around three weeks of action.

After the coming weekend’s bye, the Cats return on July 14 to take on 2017 grand finalists North Bendigo away from home.

And they will need to muster up all the courage and determination that has got them so far this year. In the last fixture, in round five, the Bulldogs won by 36 points.

On that day the Cats had 23 scoring shots and Jarod Bacon bagged five goals.