Cats end season with loss
THE Gympie Cats' last game of the season ended with a 10-goal loss to home team Glasshouse Hinterland on Saturday.
The Gympie side could only field 16 players for the match and adopted two of the opposition's men to make up the numbers.
However, coach Glenn Warren said while he wasn't happy with the player turnout, the 16 Cats who showed up for the Glasshouse game finished their season on a good note.
Warren said the game was "tough going" but considering the Cats' numbers on the day, to lose to the second-placed Glasshouse by only 10 goals wasn't too bad.
"It was a good, physical game," he said.
"The score on the board didn't reflect the game."
While now is the time for the senior team to wind down, Warren said the side was already talking about plans for the next season.
He said things would improve in 2013.
This season hasn't seen the Cats climb the ladder as they have done in the past, but Warren puts it down to a fresh side that is still in its learning phase.
He said there was a number of senior level debutants in the side and he was excited to see where the team went as they developed and chalked up some experience.
"It's exciting," Warren said.
"We're certainly not going backwards."
He said the young guns in the team needed time to adjust to the higher-level competition but he could see their improvements already.
"The first years are only going to get better," Warren said.
"They've learned a hell of a lot.
"There's been a big improvement," the coach said.
Warren said he could be impatient and often wanted to see good results straight up, but was impressed with how the season had gone as a whole.
He said the team would have a few months off and then hit pre-season training some time after Christmas.
He said plans were to keep the side, many of whom were good friends, together over the off-season.
That exercise will start with a Cats get-together this Saturday at the Zinc 96.1 Race Day at the Gympie Turf Club.