U14 Cats claw back a big win against Maroochydore
GYMPIE Cats under-14 side rebounded from last round's hard-hitting defeat with a win against Maroochydore at the weekend.
After losing by more than 200 points a fortnight ago, Gympie players didn't let the defeat crush their spirits before clinching victory 12.7 (79) to 5.1 (31).
Decimating their Maryborough rivals, the Cats held a majority of ball possession, creating numerous chances within the early stages of the game.
Coach Lionel Lee said it was a great performance from the team with every player doing their part in the strategy.
The youngsters started the game with plenty of energy, with Rory Pettingill, Rollan Brook, Darlton Marsh and Kade Kent asserting early dominance in the mid-field.
Lee said he was proud of his team bouncing back to snatch a win after the heavy loss.
The local coach said his side had the game won from the get-go with Eli Lovell running well and Korey Chapman's defence exceptional.
"The backs were well led with a best on-ground performance from Alex Neilson," he said.
"The forwards were dangerous in front of goals, with Lachlan Hall and Joshua Kelly amongst the multiple goal scorers."
Maroochydore tried to pull back the early lead the Cats had already established, however the youngsters were able to storm on and finish the game strongly.
"There were also some excellent efforts off the ball by players such as Harry McGrath, Jett Vogels and Thomas Lee who were working hard to execute the team's game plan," coach Lee said.
After bouncing back from the huge loss, the Cats will run into Caloundra this weekend full of confidence.
The U12 Cats were a little slow off the mark this week and spent most of the first half chasing the ball and playing catch-up to an inform Maroochydore team.
Some big names were missing from the line-up and the Cats had several holes in their positioning but gave their all to put up a valiant fight. Cody Shinnick played an inspirational game which helped to keep the team in the match, coach Anthony Puleo said.
"Schinnick really stepped up and gave the Cats what they were lacking in the first two quarters," he said. "We went down fighting but nothing can be taken away from two great goals from Ry Gibson and Mitchell Heasman, scoring his first ever in his career."
Although the Cats lost 16.7(103) 4.4(28), Puleo said they had come away with their heads held high and had plenty left in the tank for the season ahead.
Lookout for this weekend's results in next Tuesday's paper.