New hill for Cats' fans
THE gully that surrounded the Gympie Cats' home ground used to be like a moat around the playing surface.
In wet weather players were constantly tramping though mud and ankle-deep water to enter the field.
When the ball was kicked out of bounds no one wanted to retrieve it because they would have to enter the gully and get their boots full of water.
In some games players almost needed flippers and a snorkel to get the ball back.
But that is all in the past for the Gympie Cats.
The Cats, with the help of Gympie Regional Council's Parks and Gardens head Ed French, have transformed the gully and steep embankment beside it into gentle slope, a perfect spot for spectators to watch the Cats in action.
Gympie Cats president Glenn Warren said council had been great.
He said the gully had been piped and filled by an excavator.
The steep, cliff-like embankment has been smoothed out and top-dressed, while the road above it had been moved toward the back boundary.
He said the whole idea was to give Cats followers somewhere to sit and watch the footy.
"It is fantastic for the club," Warren said.
"It leaves no water lying around and when it is grassed it will be brilliant."
Warren said the Six Mile ground was rated one of the best Australian rules playing surfaces in Queensland and getting rid of the gully around the field only made it better.
He said while flooding was bad for the clubhouse, the extra top dressing brought by the flood water was good for the playing surface.
Currently the clubhouse was undergoing renovations and when finished the Cats' lair would be a great asset to the city, Warren said.