Cats handed a footy lesson against Maroochydore
AUSTRALIAN RULES: Frustrated Gympie Cats men's coach Glenn Warren said his side was handed a 'footy lesson' on Friday night by a ruthless Maroochydore outfit.
Playing at Six Mile for the first time under lights, the Sunshine Coast heavy weights piled 100 points on the Cats in a dominant display
Maroochydore are now shaping up as a competition dark horse.
The Cats were missing the majority of their mid-field with ruckman Steele Porter and Kade Kent unavailable for the match.
Warren was honest in his appraisal of his players post-match, telling The Gympie Times, fitness continues to be an issue for his side.
"You can't knock the blokes that are there, but if you are not fit, you can't do it,” Warren said.
"If there was a positive to take out of it we still had 22 players.
"So the numbers are there, but everything goes down if you are not fit.”
Warren is certain that a win is not far away and when it comes, the club stalwart predicts the flood gates will open.
"We are not far away,” he said.
"The boys don't realise how good they could be.
"Realistically we are not far away from the front runners.
"The players need to dig deep.
"We just have to get that first win.”
Next week will provide a prime opportunity when Gympie host Pomona at Ray Warren Oval before another bye in a fortnight.
"The ball is in the players court,” Warren said.
"Next week, when players return, we can turn it all around.”