Cats hopeful Rachel McAuliffe.
Cats hopeful Rachel McAuliffe.


Australian Rules McAuliffe's first year at the Gympie Cats is off to a cracker start but she is still far from her goal.

Not coming from an AFL family and having never played AFL did not stop McAuliffe joining the team.

"I had to brush up on the rules before the game but the team is very supportive,” she laughed.

"I wish I had started playing AFL years ago because I had such a great time.”

The women's side took to the field on Saturday against a very new Maryborough team and ended up winning by 78 points.

McAuliffe was third best on field and was inches away from scoring her first goal.

"I was so close but I will have plenty of time to get one,” she said.

"The aim is for another win this weekend when we play Bundaberg but I just want to give it my 110 per cent.

"The goal is for a flag this year but I want to help my team as much as I can.”

Coach Tony Kirsopp said there was a different feel around the club compare to last year.

"It is great to see the new players step up and the first win was a good confidence booster,” he said.

"Maryborough gave it such a good crack. I won't take anything away from anyone having a go.

"We were in their position not long ago and they will work their way up.

Kirsopp said he would not judge the season on the first game but was looking forward to this season.

Women interested in playing - phone Kirsopp on 0413 010 629.