Cats to follow the Suns example
GYMPIE Cats coach Hugh Stewart has drawn comparisons to the Gold Coast Suns as his team attempts to secure its first victory of the season today.
The Cats resume action in Sunshine Coast Division 3 competition at home against Caloundra.
“We’re a bit like the Suns at the moment,” Stewart said.
“After getting a few beltings, we are very hungry to get our first win.”
The Gympie coach said Caloundra would be a real test for his boys.
“Caloundra is quality opposition,” Stewart said.
“They are a disciplined side and beat Noosa in the last round.
Noosa is really the benchmark side in the competition at the moment.”
The Cats are buoyed ahead of the clash with the return of a number of key players.
Youngster Zac Dullard, studying in Brisbane, has put his hand up to play.
“Having Zac on the team is a real boost and a few other returning players means we have a stronger squad,” Stewart said.
Against Caloundra in probable wet conditions, Stewart said the side had to play attacking footy and not fall in the trap of sitting back.
“The field is still drying out so things will be slippery,” he said.
“It will be about taking the initiative and being first to the ball.
“We also need to capitalise on our chances in front of goal.”
Meanwhile, training Thursday night pleased Stewart after earlier revealing concerns about the dedication of his players.
“Training was fantastic,” he said.
“We had good numbers and boys are committed.”
After a solid hit out Thursday night and a return to a stronger playing roster, Stewart believes his team’s hunger is its biggest asset against Caloundra.
“The boys are focused and very hungry,” he said.
“They are keen to get a win on the board and there is a real never give up attitude at the moment.”
Today’s game against Caloundra is also doubling as a Sponsors’ Day, allowing the Cats to repay those who show the team support.
The atmosphere will be electric as the Gympie players hope to feed off the support.
The match kicks off at the Six Mile Oval at 2pm today.