GALLERY: Cats beat Dogs, continue finals push
AUSSIE RULES: A STRONG first half saw a rejuvenated Gympie Cats side run out winners over the Brothers Bulldogs at Ray Warren Oval yesterday afternoon.
Still missing suspended skipper Lanze Magin and tall Hayden Graham, the Cats applied early pressure to their opponents and were rewarded with a 32-point advantage at the main break.
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Courtney Findlay's side held steady in the second half and triumphed 15.10 (100) to 11.7 (73) when the final siren sounded.
Their latest win gives the Cats more breathing room in third spot on the AFL Wide Bay ladder, putting the Bulldogs' finals hopes in serious doubt with four home-and-away games left to play.
Fellow Bundaberg side Across the Waves drew two games clear of Brothers with their big win over last-placed Maryborough, while the Hervey Bay Bombers overran their top-placed cross-town rivals Bay Power with a 91-64 victory.
The Round 14 results come amid news AFL Wide Bay President Anthony Stothard began a league-wide crackdown on melees during games.
NewsMail reporter Shane Jones revealed all six clubs in the competition received an email from AFL Wide Bay in the bye week regarding recent fights, including the Cats/Hervey Bay Bombers stoush involving Magin and Graham.
"Melees are not acceptable under any circumstance and will not be tolerated in the competition,” Stothard said.
"It was a blanket group email that was sent to everyone.
"We are going to do whatever it takes to stop this from happening.”
The Gympie Times will have more on the Cats' win over the Bulldogs later this week.
AROUND THE GROUNDS - AFLWB Round 14
Cats 15.10 (100) def. Bulldogs 11.7 (73) at Ray Warren Oval
Bombers 14.7 (91) def. Power 9.10 (64) at NE McLean Oval
Maryborough 2.3 (15) lost to Across the Waves 43.17 (275) at Port City Park