Gympie Cats ready for first game

THE Gympie Cats launch their 2010 campaign in the Sunshine Coast Division 3 competition this weekend against Bribie Island at home.

Coach Jason Kent said he was feeling tentative ahead of the clash.

“We’re a bit underdone at the moment, so it’s hard to know where we really are at until we get that first match under our belts,” he said.

The side’s training has been disrupted by wet weather as players work extra hours to catch up.

Training sessions have also been impacted by six of the Cats’ players living outside the immediate Gympie area, making frequent trips into town to join the side for a run on the paddock challenging.

“It’s not the best of preparations but we have to work with what we’ve got,” Kent said.

The coach is looking forward to the encounter as a proper chance to evaluate his team.

“It’s only in a game where you can really see what’s working and what’s not,” he said.

“We’ll all have a better idea after this weekend on what needs to be done.”

This year, the Cats are nurturing a lot of young talent and Kent believes the side’s younger players will need time to adapt.

“The younger blokes will need to adjust but they have good support in the team,” he said.

A few old heads in the Cats fold will also be stepping up to provide guidance and a pat on the back to the team’s next generation.

Kent said a home game straight up was “ideal” and was hopeful of a strong Gympie crowd to provide a wall of support from the sidelines.

“If we could get a huge crowd there, that would be great,” he said.

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