BRILLIANT: Cats Sophie-Lee Jones and Taylah Throughgood enjoy the last training session before the final game. Jones kicked five goals and won best on ground last weekend.
BRILLIANT: Cats Sophie-Lee Jones and Taylah Throughgood enjoy the last training session before the final game. Jones kicked five goals and won best on ground last weekend.

Women finish season with 94-1 annihilation of Bears

Australian Rules: They may have finished without a flag but Gympie Cats women's coach has high expectations of his side for next season.

"The girls are on the edge of being a good side and their skills have improved as the season has gone on,” Tony Kirsopp said.

"There is a lot of promising signs for next year and a higher expectation for the finals.

"Improvement on the finer points of the game such as talking, shepherding and tackling was a stand out of the season.”

The Cats' brilliance shone through as they ran away with a 94-1 victory in their last game of the season against the Maryborough Bears.

Kirsopp could not be prouder of all the players.

"They put in 100 per cent each game this year and you can't ask for any more than that,” he said.

"There were glimpses of brilliance in that game and they were very good to watch.”

Sophie-Lee Jones was at her best over the weekend, kicking five goals and rightfully received best on ground.

With changes made in the side Kirsopp said it was just short of being the top side in the comp.

"We have one of the best midfields in Jones, Rachel McAuliffe and Taylor Jardine,” he said.

"That's a cracking centreline, if we improve our forwards we will be laughing.”

As AFL Queensland structured a shorter playing rooster this year, Kirsopp said it worked well.

"They all still want to play as they feel the season is too short but with other sports starting the format has worked quite well,” he said.

Finishing fourth on the ladder, the Cats just missed out on a grand final appearance.

"The girls did pretty well,” Kirsopp said.

"Being unable to play (Bundaberg) Across the Waves because of flooding, the points were awarded to (Bundaberg).

"Had they been split fairly it could have made for a different season.”

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