Cats have ability, lack players

WHAT I hate most about sport is losing. And as a lot of you already know, I am not very good at it.

But what is even worse, as a proud Gympie-ite, when Gympie teams are on the wrong end of the score board.

I don't know if it's all the two-headed taunts players in Gympie teams copped when I was a kid or as a young adult, but I can't stand seeing the Gold City finishing second, week in and week out. That's why I feel so badly for Gympie's Aussie rules team, the Cats.

By anyone's standards they have had an ordinary year, winning one game.

To me, the losses haven't been caused by a lack of player skill or effort by coaching staff.

The matches I've seen, the Cats' mix of old stalwarts and young blood has shown they are more than capable of matching the top teams. For most of the game the contest is really close, but during patches of play the Cats are caught off guard and the opposition racks up the points.

Some people say it is a lack of fitness. They may be right. What I think is the cause however is a lack of player numbers.

After a bright start to the 2011 season the Cats were ravaged by injury to key players and have played most games with limited reserves if any at all. What they need for success are more players.

That's why I was so happy to see former Gympie lad Lachlan Keeffe make his AFL debut for Collingwood at the weekend. Keeffe's rise to the AFL from soccer is great news for Keeffe and must be a huge motivation for all footy players in Gympie.

Hopefully Keeffe's success will see more juniors sign for the Cats, a lot of older players come back to the sport, and most importantly a boost to the Cats' senior side numbers.

Then we may see the Cats roar in 2012.

GOOD WEEK

Best news of the week was Darren Lockyer going out a winner in the State of Origin. The Maroons' near faultless first half set up a wonderful win and silenced Blues critics.

BAD WEEK

Only bad thing about the State of Origin win was it wasn't bigger. I would have loved to have seen the Maroons go on with the job and notch up another 20 points.

Gympie Times


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