One more box to tick to cap a big year for Findlay's Cats
ONE TO GO: When Courtney Findlay stepped into the role as Gympie Cats coach, he faced the most unenviable task in the AFL Wide Bay.
He was charged with bringing together playing groups from two clubs - Pomona and Gympie - after the former rivals joined forces to compete in the competition.
Like the professional he is, Findlay took on that task head-first. The results speak for themselves.
The Cats were equal first, had the best attack in the regular season and were the first team through the decider. He isn't distracted by that: there's still one more job to do.
"So far it's been a fantastic season, but we're forward to this day,” Findlay said.
"We certainly needed a few cold ones at the start of the year but the guys have really gelled together off the field, and that has shown on it.
"I've never been part of a tighter footy team.”
Findlay brought a wealth of experience earned in Victorian competitions, most notably in Ballarat, Albury, Myrtleford and Culcairn as well as time spent in the TAC Cup.
With multiple premierships under his belt, Findlay has cherry-picked the best aspects of each success and combined them to lead the Cats to the AFL Wide Bay grand final.
"You can take a few pieces of the formulas you learn over those seasons and put together something that works for your team,” Findlay said.
"Things are working really well. It's been a very enjoyable year and we're keen to get to the game.”