Depleted Gympie Cats flogged by Bundy at home
AUSSIE RULES: The Across the Waves Bundaberg team came crashing down on the Gympie Cats seniors in a cross-conference game at the weekend defeating the Cats 125-54 on their home turf.
Despite playing at home the Cats struggled for numbers with some of their regular players out with injury.
Player and assistant coach Hugh Stewart said he did not play after having played with bruised ribs the week before.
He said Callum Lee and Kade Kent were some of the other players who were unable to take the field.
"We decided we would give those with injuries a decent rest".
Stewart said losing was not a big deal as they would not play the Wide Bay teams in the finals.
The Cats got off to a bad start and were behind 44-8 after the first quarter.
"Our strong point is a good start and we did not do that".
By the second quarter the Cats began to put some pressure on and were able to keep the game tighter which is what coach Brent Forsyth wanted to do.
"If you took that first quarter out of the game the score would have been a lot closer," Stewart said.
"Across the Waves have been undefeated in the AFL Wide Bay competition and have defeated teams in their own league by comfortable margins".
Stewart said Forsyth used the ball well at the weekend and showed great leadership again.
Cody Andrew played some strong attack on the football and created pressure against Bundaberg.
Stewart said Adam Hendry backed up again after a strong kicking game last week and scored three goals for the Cats.
The Cats will not train tonight as the team has a bye this week, but Stewart said they would not be slacking off.
"We have a good chance in the finals this year and we will get ourselves right this week and finalise game plans heading in to finals," he said.