Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Cats in Finals Charge

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Cats in Finals Charge

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Byline: Matthew lee

A RESURGENT Gympie Cats AFL outfit extended its winning streak to three games, with a stunning result over Maroochydore at the weekend.

The match went down to the wire as the Cats brawled with Maroochydore in the away game, played Saturday night under lights, surviving a thrilling final quarter to win by a mere three points.

The final score was Gympie 6.10(46) to Maroochydore 6.7(43).

As a result, the Cats remain in fifth position on the competition ladder, and within one win of Maroochydore in fourth.

Cats coach Hugh Stewart was elated with the result, saying his side was making a finals charge.

"This is our third win in a row and it has really allowed us to keep things alive," he said.

"It keeps us in touch with the top of the ladder, and that's important if we want to be around during the finals."

The win follows the Cats' victory at home last weekend over Caloundra, and an emphatic win a week earlier against Noosa Division 3, signalling the change in the Gympie side's fortunes.

Prior to this incredible breakthrough, the Cats had the dubious honour of losing every match in the first round of competition bestowed upon them.

The Cats had to battle hard on foreign turf to return home with the win safely in hand, as a strong and vocal crowd of Maroochydore fans adorned their home field.

But the Cats didn't lose their composure, instead choosing to focus on a small pocket of Gympie supporters that made the trip to lend the team support.

Both sides traded early blows and largely went goal for goal throughout the first quarter.

Come the halfway mark of the marathon battle, both sides had enjoyed a share of the lead and the crowd became visibly enthralled in the match as its volume magnified.

While some sides may have felt the pressure of attempting to execute a win in enemy territory, the Cats hardened themselves and continued to fight.

Any attempts by the home crowd to intimidate and unsteady the Cats fell on deaf ears, as the Gympie boys blocked out the distractions.

Stewart said Maroochydore had a physical style to its game, which became very apparent as the game reached its peak. …

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