Cats set to play final
AUSSIE RULES: After a successful win against the Maroochydore Roos at home the Gympie Cats are now looking forward to a week off before making their grand-final appearance.
Cats player/assistant coach Hugh Stewart said his team was lucky to get away with the win after missing a few crucial chances that would have put some badly needed points on the board.
"It was a close contest against them early," he said.
Stewart said there was a lot of local support from the community with a large crowd turning out to see the Cats win 69-41.
The Cats were able to gain a comfortable lead before the Roos made a comeback late in the game.
The Cats encountered trouble when co-captain Cody Andrews had to retire due to a hamstring injury. The team is hoping the injury is not serious enough to prevent him from playing in the grand final.
Stewart said the young players stepped up, especially those who did not have a lot of experience with finals football.
"There was a lot to play for - it was a lot more intense," he said.
Zach Willis played well on the wing, strongly attacking the ball and creating options.
Stewart said coach Brent Forsyth lead the team and set an example by working hard all day.
Bronzen Rowlands also played well and was improving every week.
Stewart said it was a physical game and that the senior team was now happy to have a week off to prepare for the main game.
"Maroochydore are a bigger side so we ran them off their feet.
"We have been achieving all our main goals lately, now we just need to win the last one.
"There are still a few things to work on, including set plays and refining structure before next week - we need some fine-tuning."
Stewart said he thought the Cats would end up playing Maroochydore again in the grand final because they would prove too strong for the Bribie Bulldogs this weekend.
"They have a stronger side than what they brought on Saturday," Stewart said.
The Cats will continue training as usual, with an extra session on Saturday to maintain their fitness as there was still a job to be done.
"We are staying focused and do not want to let it slip," Stewart said.
"No one is getting carried away; the job has not been done yet."