Cats stung again with home loss

GYMPIE Cats coach Jason Kent says his side hasn’t broken free of its troubles but is adamant about moving forwards following a 38 point loss to Maroochydore at the weekend.

The Cats hosted Maroochydore at the Six Mile Oval Saturday and lost 12.8 (80) to 6.6 (42).

Kent said the result wasn’t ideal but the game did hold a number of positives for the Cats.

“We did a number of things that were encouraging and we can take positives away from that,” he said.

The Cats initially fell behind after the first quarter but managed to claw back to be trailing by two goals at half time.

The deficit was not enough to rule out a Cats’ victory, but Maroochydore showed its class throughout the second half to seal Gympie’s fate.

By the end of the third quarter, Maroochydore extended its winning margin to three goals and the Cats’ players were beginning to show signs of deterioration.

“We let it slip in the second half, particularly the last quarter,” Kent said.

The Cats lacked firepower and made a number of costly lapses in the final quarter, Maroochydore not hesitating in capitalising.

The coastal visitors dictated play and spent a large portion of the final quarter in the Cats’ defensive zone, turning up the heat and slotting many goals to ensure the score would blow out.

Kent was pleased with the form of Darren Warren and Jake Sheridan amid the carnage.

A factor in the weekend loss for the Cats has been ongoing disruption with the side and availability of players.

In the last four weeks, 30 players have thrown on a Cats’ jersey, denying the Gympie team consistency and a chance to settle.

The Cats return against Noosa this weekend at home. Kent predicts a tough battle but is optimistic with players returning from injury.

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