THE Cooma Cats had a remarkable turn of fortunes in their NSW/ACT AFL division 3 fixture at Batemans Bay on the weekend beating the South Coast Seahawks , Cooma 10.10 (70) to South Coast 10.6 (66).
The Cats were out to make amends for last weekend's away loss to Cootamundra and for three quarters looked like they were carrying on where they had left off the weekend before as poor disposal and a lack of composure left the Cats behind at each change.
It was only the tackling of Sam Hunter and the commitment to the ball of Adam Asanovski and Matt Bryant that had the Cats in the contest up until half time. Cats coach Damian Asanovski asked his side to ignore all of the outside factors and look internally for the team effort required to lift and get themselves back into the game.
A strong showing of support from the travelling band of supporters encouraged the Cats at the final change even though they were then 28 points adrift.
At the first bounce of the final quarter with Anthony Brennan back into the Ruck and playing through an injury, his tap to the midfield and a thrust forward and suddenly the Cats of 2014 clicked into gear.
Goals to Kyle Hubert, Dean Schmahl and Zac Bowden in consecutive minutes saw the Cats claim the lead and a resurgent wave of momentum shift and two further goals had the Cats even 10 points up with minutes to spare.
Only then did the never say die Sea Hawks make a last minute bid to win the game with a late goal and a thrust forward before the Cats Captain Taylor Lee punched and cleared the ball only for the siren to sound with the sea hawks four points adrift.
Cats supporters and players we're ecstatic with a victory which never looked likely and a comeback effort that is most definitely finals worthy.
The subway cooma player of the week award went to Adam Lee whose consistent four quarter effort was a highlight for the team.
The Cats travel to Football Park, Woden next week for a rematch with Yass who defeated them in Round 1 and a good test for the Cats in preparations for their finals campaign.