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

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