Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Cats to Play in the AFL Wide Bay; Gympie, Pomona Combines to Make a Force

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Cats to Play in the AFL Wide Bay; Gympie, Pomona Combines to Make a Force

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Byline: Matthew McInerney newsregionalmedia.com.au

TWO Sunshine Coast teams will merge to create what officials hope is AFL Wide Bay's next powerhouse.

Gympie Cats and Pomona Demons will play under the "Cats" banner against the best from Maryborough, Hervey Bay, and Bundaberg in what is expected to be a 20-round regular season.

Players will alternate between Gympie's and Pomona's home grounds for training, but are expected to play the majority of home senior games at Gympie's One Mile Oval.

Cats president Jason Bromilow said the venture will help create a team that will be not only be competitive, but a force.

"We're already getting double the number of players we usually get (for pre-season). In the past we have struggled but everyone is really happy with the way it's going," Bromilow said.

Gympie's inclusion, along with Maryborough Bears' promotion, will mean AFL Wide Bay's seniors expands from four to six teams.

There were concerns about how players would adapt to a four-team competition just months after the single-season, seven-team QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast, which combined teams from two neighbouring Aussie rules associations. …

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