Visitors treat field as own

GYMPIE AFL coach Jason Kent described a visiting Hervey Bay team as “too slick” in the aftermath of a punishing defeat in a trial game at the weekend.

Played at home at the Six Mile Oval, Hervey Bay treated the Cats’ home field as their own, putting on a stunning display of strength and precision.

Kent didn’t want to divulge the final score line, but conceded the defeat was by a fair margin.

“We were outskilled by Hervey Bay,” he said. “They have played four or five trial matches already and it showed.”

A challenge for the Cats to overcome in recent weeks has been a lack of field time owing to flooding and player unavailability due to work commitments or from players catching up work hours lost to the wet weather.

Meanwhile, the Hervey Bay clash was a baptism of fire for the Cats’ younger players.

“The younger blokes did struggle but it’s a good experience for them and something definitely to take away from the game,” Kent said.

The Cats coach nominated Adam Overall in ruck and Bill Mitchell in the forwards as the Cats’ best performers on the field.

Kent said his team was weighing up the possibility of another trial game after receiving a number of offers.

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