Gympie Cats players scream their war cry at the end of the game.
Gympie Cats players scream their war cry at the end of the game. Contributed

Cats show sportsmanship to help rivals field a team

GYMPIE Junior Cats took on coast rivals North Shore and Kawana on home turf at the weekend, producing promising results for both teams.

Playing at home at Six Mile Oval, the U14 cats demonstrated what true sportsmanship was when they helped North Shore field a team.

Coach Lionel Lee said North Shore was short of numbers and instead of claiming the win, Gympie helped out and had a great game of footy.

"Our priority is to ensure that as many players as possible can enjoy the game of AFL," he said.

"Our players helped form a side with the Jets and played a full match under normal rules."

The Cats proved too strong in the final quarter to run out a 58-44 victory.

Lee said it was an excellent opportunity for some of his players to test themselves against their team mates.

With only two points between the teams in the final quarter, the encounter was a narrow contest.

Lee said he was pleased with all players' behaviour and their sportsmanship towards their opponents.

"I also received plenty of positive comments from the Jets officials about how our players conducted themselves," he said.

In the U12 match the Gympie side was unlucky going down to Kawana Park Blue 13 to 58 after a great battle.

Coach Anthony Puleo said although his side lost the game, the team was growing and improving each day.

"The team has heaps of beginners who have never played before and yet they are showing potential and are up for the highs and lows that come with AFL," he said.

"Having fun is the most important thing at the moment. The kids are showing commitment and want to win therefore it's only a matter of time before it all clicks."

Puleo said the season remained in its early stages and was confident his side could improve in the coming games.

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