GALLERY: How the Gympie Cats young guns shone in victory
AUSSIE RULES: In a must win contest against the Pine Rivers Swans on Saturday, the Gympie Cats proved too strong and got the win in front of their home crowd 18.20(128) to 6.11(47).
Cats were without their coach Dave Carroll who departed the club due to family concerns, it was the first win for new co-coaches Glenn Warren and Jason Kent.
"They set up their structures like we had been working on during the week,” Kent said.
"We have only just started setting it up, so in two or three weeks we will be good.”
It was the third quarter that the Cats really started to charge with 26 points scored.
"It was their best quarter but they finished the game off strong too,” Kent said.
"It was very good.”
It was just the second win for the Gympie side and with about seven key players missing their young guns stepped up.
"We have about seven players on the sideline,” he said.
"We have lost Kade (Kent), Crossy (Jack Cross) and Langers (Chris Langfeldt) but we have a bit more depth which is good.
"There were four new players into the side this week. Henry Hamilton was really good, Jordan Tucker was excellent and Ronan Neville was really good.”
It was not just the juniors coming through, the senior players did not disappoint.
New recruit from Noosa, Patrick Harris kicked nine goals and Joel Perry-Warren who was lured back to the club from Brisbane kicked four.
Midfielder Lanze Magin and Jesse Lawrence just broke through the middle of the field and were hard to contain.
"They are always good, we have just come to expect that,” Kent said.
"They have a good gel going on. It is how you want your senior players to be.”
The Gympie Cats wore black arm bands for Gympie electrician John Buckley who recently passed away.
"He supported the club a fair bit with electrical work after floods and fire we have had through the club house,” Gympie Cats legend Ray Warren said.
"If we couldn't afford to pay him up front he would just wait. He was just a good bloke.”
The Cats take on Wynnum next weekend and will be hoping for back-to-back wins.