Gympie Cats seniors settle seven year rivalry
AUSSIE RULES: The Gympie Cats seniors settled a seven year rivalry against Pomona on Saturday beating its neighbours 82 to 37 at Bribie Island.
The Cats have not been capable of defeating the Pomona side in the last seven years before Saturday.
Manager Greg Murley said the game got off to a good start with player/coach Brent Forsyth kicking a terrific goal from the boundary to open the game.
This was only a sign of things to come as Forsyth continued his momentum to score four majors and racking up multiple possessions.
Gympie had claimed a strong lead but Pomona came back in the third quarter to get within three goals but had no chance of chasing the Cats score after finishing strongly by returning three goals in the final quarter.
He said new players to the Gympie Cats Club Trent Grimditch and Shane Middlebrook were both strong in defence.
He said Adam Hendry returned to the park and got through the game unscathed at full-forward.
Murley said it was a positive day as the team got a chance to put into practice the plays they had been doing at training under coach Forsyth.
"The players executed all new aspects like switch kicks and inside passes," he said.
He said the under-17 players in the senior side held their own and there will be a push for more permanent positions in the side.
These players had made themselves available to play as a handful of experienced seniors are yet to return due to injury, Murley said.
"Numbers are looking good with players still to come," Murley said.
The Cats will play stiff competition against the Maroochydore Roos this Saturday at Maroochydore for a twilight game at 5pm.