Gympie Cats level with top of the table Roos
AUSSIE RULES: The Gympie Cats seniors won at home on Saturday against Maroochydore Roos to be level on points with the top team.
Although topping the ladder on the weekend, the Roos were no match for the home side, with Gympie winning 81-55 at Six Mile Ovals.
Player and assistant coach Hugh Stewart said the Cats' intention was to get off to a good start and by half-time had achieved their goal by a considerable margin.
Stewart said the score did not reflect Gympie's degree of dominance as the Roos secured some last-minute goals.
"We took our foot off the pedal," Stewart said.
"Maroochydore are a big, strong, physical side but we were able to run them off the field - we were a bit too quick for them," he said.
"It was a good team effort".
He said Bronzen Rowlands at half-forward had a strong attacking game and set up a lot of plays while also scoring three goals.
Adam Hendry also scored three goals but it was Hugh Stewart who topped with four for Gympie.
Stewart thought Hendry had played his best game of the season on Saturday.
Like the Cats, the visitors were missing some key players to injury or unavailability.
Stewart said unlike previous weeks the Cats were more accurate on the scoreboard, only missing a few opportunities.
After its second loss of the season, Maroochydore has been unable to conquer the Cats but still remain ahead on percentage on the AFL Sunshine Coast ladder.
Stewart said the the team had been trying different line-ups in order to be less predictable.
The Cats have a lot of preparation to do this week for the cross-conference game against Hervey Bay.
Stewart said Hervey Bay was one of the top sides and it would make for a challenging game this Saturday.
With only four games in the season leading into the finals, the Cats have put themselves in a strong position as contenders for the grand final.