Power slump as Gympie Cats go top two
AUSSIE RULES: Bay Power will try to avoid its first four-game losing streak since 2016 when they face The Waves in the penultimate round this week.
The Power slumped to its third straight loss on Saturday when Gympie Cats earned a 16.9-105 - 10.6-66 win in a sour contest at Keith Dunne Oval.
Poor conduct and three dismissals disrupted the battle between AFL Wide Bay's second- and third-placed teams, as a coveted top two place and invaluable second chance in the finals was on the line.
The Cats were more hungry than the home side, which celebrated the official opening of the near half-a-million dollar lights upgrade.
Gympie led by seven points at the break and extended its advantage at every interval, eventually taking home the four competition points courtesy of a 39-point win.
As the Cats celebrated its fourth consecutive win on the trip back down the Bruce Hwy, Bay Power coach Michael Gay was left to lament yet another lost opportunity to prove the side's premiership credentials.
"They wanted it more," Gay said. "They were first to the ball almost every time, and they were probably more hungry than us."
Gympie gained the ascendancy after captain Josh Wheeler was sent from the field in the second quarter, and never allowed the home side back in.
Gay denied the presence of alarm bells at how the former league leaders, who once held a two-game advantage, have slumped in their past three fixtures.
"It's not crisis stations or anything yet. We play what's in front of us," Gay said. "We have to turn around our performances on the field. "We've talked about it for two weeks but we have to do it out there."
The Power are guaranteed to play finals footy but they could be forced to fight through an elimination final against either The Waves or Brothers Bulldogs should they finish third.
Gympie return to Hervey Bay for a top of the table clash with the Bombers at Norm McLean Oval.