Cats focus on club
Australian Rules: Gympie Cats are focusing on the future of the club as their season kicks off today.
Cats coach Courtney Findlay unveiled an eight-man leadership group, including himself as co-captain/coach, co-captain Lanze Magin, and vice-captains Tim Ellingsen and Scott Stiefler.
Findlay will also have four players in the leadership group - Hayden Graham, Beau Ridgway, Jesse Lawrence and Jack Cross - to focus on the development of the club at the junior level.
"We are not just team leaders but club leaders," Findlay said. "Lawrence and Cross are the youngest out of the leadership group and I wanted to get them involved so they know what to expect. Hopefully in the next four to five years they will take a position as a vice-captain or captain.
"The captains and vice-captain are going to be the game day leaders but we have to look a lot broader than that because the juniors are the future of the club."
Newly appointed Cats vice-captain Stiefler has experience leading sides before but said he was honoured to be leading the Cats.
"We have a good core group here and a lot of senior leaders with majority of them playing a lot of football. It is a pretty big honour to be leading the side," Stiefler said.
"The main thing we are looking for this year is consistency and the boys to be looking after each other and ultimately win a flag."
Since the Cats' merger with Pomona this year, the players have been gelling together.
"The training camp we did in February, everyone has been pretty united," Stiefler said.
"Training sessions have been good and numbers have been high. The weather limited a few preparations but we will be ready to go today."
Cats travel to Maryborough and take on Bears at 3pm.