HARD FOUGHT WIN: Gympie Cats Jack O'Shea contests the ball for his side.
HARD FOUGHT WIN: Gympie Cats Jack O'Shea contests the ball for his side. Matthew McInerney

Cats win comes at a cost

Australian Rules: Gympie Cats have fought their way to a 96-point thumping of the Maryborough Bears in the season opener but it was a pyrrhic victory.

As there were no player rotations because of injuries, the Cats youngsters were on the ball and able to clinch the side's first win of the season.

Troy Cunningham and Adam Hendry kicked five goals each and took the Cats' score to 19.18 (132) against the Bears 5.6 (36).

Despite a win the Cats were on the back foot early and notched up four injuries to their best players.

"I suffered a back injury, Hayden Graham dislocated his hip, Jack O'Shea hurt his knee and Chris Langfeldt his ribs,” Cats coach Courtney Findlay said.

"We won't be playing until the doctor gives the all clear.”

As Findlay was proud of the gutsy performance by all the players he was particularly proud of Henry Hamilton.

"He took some fantastic marks around the ground and gave a great presence up the front,” Findlay said.

"Hamilton is going to be a future star one day if all things go well.”

Although the season has just kicked off, the Cats will enjoy a bye this week before hosting Bay Power.

"We will certainly be happy to have a rest this weekend and giving our bodies a rest,” he said. "Hopefully we (the injured players) will all be playing next weekend's game against Bay Power.”

The Cats take on Bay Power at Six Mile Oval, Saturday, April 7 at 3pm.