New look Gympie Cats ready to play
GYMPIE Cats kick off the 2010 AFL season with a practice match against the red hot Hervey Bay Bombers today.
The Bombers thrashed Division 3 Sunshine Coast North premiers Nambour last Saturday and will be looking to dominate early in the season.
Cats’ new coach Jason Kent knows it will be a tough ask of his side to be competitive this match, however he is looking forward to his new-look side getting some much needed match fitness while fine tuning his new game plan.
Kent is excited about the young talent at the club including young guns Mathew Wardell, Jake Sherridan, Blake Newson and ex Suncoast Power recruit Mathew Kidd.
He is however, concerned about the lack of numbers and would like to see a few more faces on the training paddock.
The Cats are calling for anyone who is interested in having a kick to go to training at 5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday at Six Mile Oval on the Bruce Highway.
He said AFL was a great way to keep fit and to meet people.
The first match today between Nambour and Maryborough will start at 1pm and then Gympie will play Hervey Bay at 3pm at the Six Mile Oval.
Officials said the Six Mile Oval was in good condition despite the fields being under two metres of water in the recent floods.
The Cats are hoping for a huge crowd to cheer on the team and say the bar and canteen facilities will be open and everyone is welcome.