Cats face tough challenge
AUSTRALIAN RULES: An understrength Gympie Cats squad will perhaps face their toughest test of the year today when they take on the undefeated Bundaberg Brothers Bulldogs on the road.
A Wide Bay conference heavy weight, the Bulldogs are perhaps the strongest club in the competition when playing at their home ground.
Injury, mixed with unavailability has hit the Six Mile based club hard this week.
After underachieving against Pomona last start, Cats boss Glenn Warren said his side needed to pick up their fitness game if they were any chance of competing this year.
"It is always a big ask to go up there (Bundaberg), but we will go up there with what we have,” Warren said.
"We picked up a few injuries against Pomona but we will have a side.
"The players that we are taking up, turn up because they want to be there.
"We have some really good players in our squad but a lack of fitness at the moment affects our ability to run the game out.
"When you are fit your confidence is up and if you don't have confidence in your ability you won't win games,” he said.
Despite struggling to find their feet in the combined Wide Bay/Sunshine Coast conference, the Cats have showed glimpses of brilliance in their initial three games.
A close finish against Hervey Bay Bombers in a first round arm wrestle was met with two quarters of solid football against Pomona. However, Warren said the issues his side are having were easily fixed.
"We just need to lift our intensity, we are not out of it by any means,” he said.
"We have a good core of players but at the moment we are only playing three quarters of the game.
"We did a fair work out on Tuesday night at training,” he said.