Gympie Cats U12s make it 3 in a row
AUSSIE RULES: "When people are cheering the behinds, you know it is an exciting game”. It was a battle for the Sunshine Coast AFL Under-12 title last Sunday, but the Gympie Cats beat Kawana in an arm wrestle.
The Cats edged out Kawana 1.7(13) to 1.(4)10 in extra time to claim their third consecutive premiership.
Scores were level at full-time, but the Cats managed to kick three behinds in extra time.
"I have never seen a game like it,” team manager Tim Mathison said.
"When people are cheering the behinds, you know it is an exciting game. It was very thrilling but no team dominated in the grand final, they had to wrestle their way to win. You could not take your eyes off the match.
"I did not know they were going to win but I did not think they were going to lose either.”
In a champion effort from their captain, ruckman William 'Billy' Davies was dubbed the Best on Ground.
"Kawana watched him during our preliminary final and tried to shut him down but he just ploughed right through them and tackled them out of the game,” Mathison said.
"Billy was the difference between winning and losing, he got the ball to move to where it needed to go.”
Highlight of the game was defending the lead after getting the points in extra time.
"Our only goal was by Mat (Stegemann) he was fantastic in the back,” he said.
"When we had the wind at our back in the second and fourth quarters Mat was able to kick. But he made a lot of tackles and marks in the dying minutes to save the match.
"We are very proud of the boys. It was a very clean game there was no rubbish from either team.”