By Tyler Lewis
It’s been a tough stretch for the Gympie Cats, but that tough run made the final siren on Saturday that much sweeter.
The Cats – who were yet to record a win after 10 outings – took on fellow winless side in Kedron.
The Cats got the jump, booting four unanswered goals in the opening term, launching out of the blocks in the crucial clash.
Gympie weathered the comeback storm in the second term as the Lions won the second stanza, but weren’t able to significantly trim the deficit before the main break.
The arm wrestle continued in the third term, with both sides converting two majors, as wayward kicking from the Lions kept the Cats ahead by three goals.
With a win in their sights in the final term, the Cats held on to a memorable 11.7 (73) to 7.13 (55) win.
Nicholas Dodge was instrumental for the winning side, kicking five majors, while Thomas Martin was judged best afield in the clubs first win of the year.
Gympie face a large challenge to make it two wins on the bounce when it takes on fourth placed Sandgate on the road this weekend.