Heath Kirchhofer grabs a mark for the Cats earlier in the season. He was again named one of the team’s best players on Saturday.
Heath Kirchhofer grabs a mark for the Cats earlier in the season. He was again named one of the team’s best players on Saturday. Craig Warhurst

Bulldogs too good for Cats at home

WET and muddy conditions at Six Mile Oval did not deter the Gympie Cats from giving their all on Saturday.

Coach Hugh Stewart said the team had vastly improved over the year and held their own against Bribie Island.

“With what’s been going on – we’ve had about five or six changes every week – our performance was good,” Stewart said.

The unsettled side proved their skill, losing by only three goals – the last time they met the Bulldogs they lost by about 20.

Stewart said the Cats were down by only a goal at three-quarter time, during the home game.

“The team started really well.”

He said the chance to score was there, but the Cats were not able to capitalise on their opportunities and the wet ball literally slipped through players’ fingers.

“In the slippery conditions it came down to whoever handled the wet footy the best.”

In the end Gympie lost 6.6-42 to Bribie’s 9.3-57

Stewart said onballer Zac Dullard, 19, and utility Matthew Wardle had a great game.

“We really missed goal kicker Billy Mitchell, who was out with an injured ankle.

"He was a big loss on game day.”

Also ruckman Heath Kirchhofer, Jake Sheridan, Ben March and Brady Cartilidge performed well.

Leading goal kickers were Stewart and Glenn Warren with two each, while Zac Dullard and Matthew Wardle both had one.

“It was a disappointing loss but I am happy with our performance, especially the turn around.

"It shows our guys are playing better.”

Next week the Cats take on Noosa at their home, game time is 2pm.

Gympie Times


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