Cats pummel Demons
AUSSIE RULES: The Gympie Cats hit top form against rival club the Pomona Demons on Saturday, defeating the hapless side 158-19 on the Cats' home turf.
Pomona struggled to field a team while the Cats showed up with a strong side and extra players.
The Gympie seniors were joined by last year's best and fairest award winner Jesse Hawksworth, who played his first game on his return to the Cats this season.
Player/assistant coach Hugh Stewart said it was a big advantage having Hawksworth back.
Brendan Westlake, another experienced player, also returned to the ranks, after recovering from a car accident.
"The guys are happy to have him back, especially as we near the business end of the season," Stewart said.
After returning from a leg injury, Adam Hendry was also back and playing some good, strong footy.
He scored an amazing seven goals against Pomona.
Pomona put up a good fight but were under-manned, Stewart said.
"They struggled to side a team."
Despite their lack of players, Pomona had a good game and came out fighting, outplaying the Cats in the first quarter.
"They did not give up all day," Stewart said.
But it was the Cats' day, as they put in a display of straight kicking, securing 25 goals to Pomona's three.
"It was a good team effort," Stewart said.
In round nine, the two teams played at Pomona where the Cats beat the Demons by a narrower margin, 64-56.
"But at the weekend, they met us at a point where we were getting stronger and they were weaker in numbers," Stewart said.
"It is a good sign that the club is getting strong - it is a good chance to get to the top of the ladder."
The extra players allowed other team members to rest, including Stewart, who will miss this weekend's game after aggravating some bruised ribs on Saturday.