SEARCHING: Cats coach Brent Forsyth looks to pass.
SEARCHING: Cats coach Brent Forsyth looks to pass.

Gympie Cats secure home win against Maroochydore

THE Gympie Cats have another win under their belt after knocking Maroochydore off the top of the ladder on Saturday.

The Cats defeated Maroochydore 62-45 on their home turf at Six Mile Oval.

Assistant coach and player Hugh Stewart said last week it would be important for the Cats to get off to a good start against Maroochydore.

ON THE RUN: Luke Duffill from Maroochydore is chased by a Gympie player.
ON THE RUN: Luke Duffill from Maroochydore is chased by a Gympie player. James Loose

They did just that, finishing the first quarter three goals to one, despite playing against the wind after losing the toss.

"It set us up for the day," he said.

Stewart said Maroochydore started to scramble back but the Cats were able to maintain a decent margin all day.

Half-forward Mathew Wardle used the footy well and covered a lot of ground during the game, and rover Cody Andrew was hard on the footy all game.

He said young player Kade Kent, 15, played well for the entire game.

Despite Maroochydore being a fairly physical side the Cats showed no fear at the weekend, Stewart said.

TACKLE: Leigh Wilson, Maroochydore, is stopped in his tracks by Cody Andrews from the Gympie Cats.
TACKLE: Leigh Wilson, Maroochydore, is stopped in his tracks by Cody Andrews from the Gympie Cats.

Coach Brent Forsyth played well, directing play and using the football well.

This weekend's game will be against Bay Power in the AFL Wide Bay competition on Saturday at Hervey Bay.

Forsyth said these matches are called cross conference games and although worth points to the Cats' position in the AFL Sunshine Coast competition, Gympie will not play finals against those clubs.

The team is making the necessary improvements; it is baby steps at the moment, he said.

"We want to keep that momentum."

He said the other teams had been targeting them physically as they were older and had more experienced players.

READY: Gympie Cat Jarred Watt positions himself for a kick.
READY: Gympie Cat Jarred Watt positions himself for a kick.