CATS CLAW HOME: Junior sides put it all on the line for premiership success
AUSTRALIAN RULES: Junior Players from the Gympie Cats Australian Rules Football Club under-12 ranks have put it all on the line to walk away from the Sunshine Coast Australian rules grand finals with a premiership.
In what has been described as the "match of the year,” Gympie overcame their more fancied Maroochydore opponents by four points to claim the silverware.
"The game was on a knife edge,” Gympie Cats president Jason Bromilow said.
"It was unbelievable. Most of the U12 team is only 10 years old. There is only a handful that will go up to play U14 next season.
"The players were desperate.
"They really wanted to win,” he said.
Gympie also featured in the U14 decider, going down by just two points to Hinterland.
Bromilow, who is also the U14 coach said both games were "sensational”.
Junior coordinator Anthony Puleo echoed Bromilow's sentiments saying "to have had a season full of achievements has been fantastic to have been part of.”
After a successful end to the 2017 junior season, the Cats will look to expand their numbers next season.
The club is currently trying to implement an U16 program for 2018, in a move that is set to help filter players into the senior ranks.
"We (the club) really need to have an U12, U14 and U16 team next year to flow on to our seniors and for the club to go forward,” Bromilow said.
"It was the first year of having an U13 girls team and we were very happy with that.
"We are getting more and more enquiries about girls footy for next year.
The Cats will once again nominate a senior women's team to contest a new look Sunshine Coast conference in 2018.