Cats player/coach Jason Kent (centre) scored twice on Saturday, but it was not enough to hold the Roos back from a win on the Cats’ home turf.
Cats player/coach Jason Kent (centre) scored twice on Saturday, but it was not enough to hold the Roos back from a win on the Cats’ home turf. Craig Warhurst

Injury-plagued Cats licking wounds

WITHOUT nine of their best players the Gympie Cats were left licking their wounds on Saturday after their first home game.

The Cats went down to the Maroochydore Roos by six goals, leaving Gympie fans wondering where it all went wrong.

Gympie AFL president and Cats player Glen Warren said both sides were "neck and neck" until the third quarter.

Then the Roos walked all over Gympie's defence and kicked six goals.

Warren said about nine "good" Gympie players were not playing on the day, they included Zac Dullard, Gus Neville, Billy Mitchell, Wayne McKewan and Jake Sheridan.

"We're improving every week, but I think a lack of commitment to training is letting our fitness down," Warren said.

He spoke to the boys ahead of Saturday's match and now training has been reduced to one night a week on Thursday.

"We're just not getting the numbers for Tuesday training."

During the game Cody Andrews' injured his ankle and it is unknown how long he will be out of action.

"It's a massive blow," Warren said of all the players unable to run on field.

"We have no spread and we get sucked into the footy. It's something to work on."

The Cats are yet to win their first game this season and are at the bottom of the south-east Queensland AFL Division 4 ladder; Maroochydore sit third on the ladder.

Scoreboard

Gympie Cats 8.5-53

Goals: J.Kent 2, R.O'Donoghue 2, G.Warren, B.Hartwell, J.Perry-Warren, M.Wardle

 

Maroochydore Roos 16.9-105

Goals: B.Robins 4, J.Cockram 4, P.Rowe 2, A.Simpson, M.Bird, G.Toogood, K.Ryan, M.Kirkpatrick, A.Middleton

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