Opinion

Scorching summer for the Gold

The Gympie Off-road Gold XI are looking the goods this summer and are on track to be a force in the premiership.
The Gympie Off-road Gold XI are looking the goods this summer and are on track to be a force in the premiership. Craig Warhurst

WHAT I hate about sport this week is I can't whinge about the Gympie Off-road Gold XI cricket side.

Normally this time of year the Gold are heading into the Christmas break having not won a match and languishing at the bottom of the Sunshine Coast cricket table.

Normally the Gympie players and the Gympie public are resigning themselves to not playing in the finals for another season.

Normally I would be writing some self-absorbed rubbish telling the Gold what they need to change to win a game.

This summer, the summer of 2012-13, everything is different.

The Gold is unbeaten.

They sit on top of the table and, believe it or not, they are now the premiership favourites.

Now I don't want to jinx the golden men. Nostril Harmless has done that already predicting they will go all the way this summer, but they do look good.

Watching them at Albert Park a couple of weekends ago they looked confident.

The whole team is walking and playing with a new swagger, they look like winners.

In the past the Gold has looked good in patches but when things went bad the whole side seemed to lose their mojo.

It's not hard to pinpoint where the new confidence for the team has come from.

The introduction of some former Sunshine Coast Scorchers into the line-up has added much-needed depth and complemented the great players already in the side.

The Gold now has batting talent deep down the order and a bowling attack capable of bundling out teams for low scores.

The most impressive thing I saw at Albert Park was their fielding. They are quick over the grass, have strong arms, safe hands and, best of all, know how to sledge.

Off the field they seem like a tight unit.

They are quick to have a joke at each other's expense but still pat each other on the back for good play.

I know the finals are still a long way off but I would love to see the Gold XI win their first final. It would be just the shot in the arm Gympie cricket needs.

Good week

The Gympie Off-road Gold XI wins again.

Bad week

The Gympie representative side went down to the Fraser Coast on Sunday. Now they must win against South Burnett to try and defend their Goodchild Shield crown.

Gympie Times

Topics:  cricket gympie gold the boof head



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Gympie activist declares justice system 'a mob of crooks'

Gary Tomlinson is facing court on trespass and assault charges.

'A mob of crooks, that's what yas are'

Kandanga butcher aims to snag national crown

MISSING LINK: Mitch Perkins is hoping to become the National Sausage King.

Mitchell Perkins is hoping to be declared sausage king of Australia.

Victory's new principal brings international experience

BRAND NEW YEAR: Victory College's new principal, Brett Costin.

Meet Victory College's new principal Brett Costin.

Local Partners

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Gympie attracts buyers looking for affordable seachange

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 3.4% to $269,000 in the September quarter.

Median house price drops 3.4% to $269,000 in the September quarter

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!