Gympie, Pomona combine to make new AFL force
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.
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.
Gympie and Pomona struggled to sixth and seventh respectively as Maroochydore Roos won the premiership.
"We definitely struggled last year, but if we take the 10 best players from Gympie and the 10 best players from Pomona, I think we will have a strong team," Bromilow said.