Four Gympie losses in one Saturday

THERE wasn’t a lot to cheer about for Gympie sports fans on Saturday with our four major sporting teams losing. But it wasn’t just the fact they lost, it was the way they lost.

An undermanned Gympie Cats AFL side had its worst loss of the season 128- 8, the Cooloola Heat hockey side got flogged 8-2, the wheels fell off the Hammers Rugby Union team when they went down 62-nil and the Devils lost to bottom of the table Caboolture 22-18.

All four coaches were a little embarrassed about the below par performances of their respective teams on Saturday, but expect them to bounce back with better performances next weekend.

Cats coach Jason Kent said Saturday’s loss was the biggest for the club in a long while.

He blamed a player shortage for the Cats poor showing.

“We have a lot of blokes away working – it has been a problem all year,” Kent said.

He did say Peter Grinter and Zac Dullard played well in the defeat.

The Cats will take on top of the table Nambour this weekend.

Cooloola Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick said it was the Heat’s worst loss of the season.

An inform Granville Tigers scored five goals in the first 15 minutes.

“Our marking was awful, non existent,” Fitzpatrick said.

The Heat played better in the second half after the coach gave them a verbal spray at half time.

“We lost the second half 2-1 which was an improvement, but we need to earn back some respect next week,” he said.

Hammers coach Dave Crowley said his team was still in the game at half time, only trailing 10-0, but the second half was a different story. “The wheels fell off in the second half,” Crowley said.

“Noosa played some brilliant running rugby – they deserved the win.”

He said his players had to take the next step up.

“The other teams have stepped up, if we don’t we will get left behind,” he said.

Gympie Devils hit a speed bump in their race to make the finals of the Sunshine Coast Gympie Rugby League, losing to bottom of the table Caboolture.

Former Bronco Barry Berrigan scored two tries, but it wasn’t enough, eventually going down 22-18 in the Devils’ second loss of the season.

Coach John Greensil said the team played “terribly”. After going out to an 18-nil lead in the first 20 minutes the Devils took the foot of the accelerator and let Caboolture back into the game.

“We should have won the game – it’s a wake up call,” Greensil said.

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