THE Cooma Cats had a reversal of fortunes on Saturday in their NSW/ACT AFL division 3 clash against arch rivals Yass Kangaroos with the Kangaroos running over the top of the Cats in the final quarter to win Cooma 7.6 (48) to Yass 7.14 (56).
After last week's inconsistent performance against the South Coast the Cooma side started very well this week with Simon Visser and Tony Fleming kicking goals in the first quarter for the Cats to kick out to a two goal lead. In a high quality game of AFL footy both sides went goal for goal for two quarters as the Cats strong defence led by Taylor Lee, Chris Gresser and the outstanding Nathan Runge held the Kangaroos at bay.
The Cats were looking strong particularly in the clearances before injuries to key positional players had the Cats shuffling their line-up going into the final change.
The Kangaroos capitalised on a wealth of possession and finally got their radar on target to get in front of the Cats early in the last quarter. The Cats having outplayed their opponents for three quarters were now struggling in the final quarter in a mirror image of last week's game against the South Coast. The Cats showed their fighting qualities though, by storming back into contention with a heroic goal on the run to Simon Visser to take back the lead going into the final minutes. A couple of crucial turnovers and the Kangaroo's pounced with a further two goals which saw them take the game in what was a tantalising prelude to a return finals encounter in a few weeks.
The Subway Cooma player of the week was Nathan Runge for his rebound footy, tackling and great defensive play. The Cats have the last of their away games again at Football Park Woden against Belconnen on Saturday before returning to Snowy Oval on July 26 for their 30th Anniversary Premiership Re-union game. All past, present players and supporters of the Cats are invited to get down to Snowy Oval where the .action including a Masters game begins at 11am.