A HEAVY WEIGHT
CRICKET: They say the hardest thing about winning a premiership is defending it, but given the recent form of the Gympie Gold XI it would seem like as though the heavy burden of holding on to the trophy has been lifted.
After a defeat at the hands of Noosa in round one, the Gold have bounced back to claim the T20 trophy and are definite contenders to win the one-day trophy if they continue keep in the head space.
However it will be their one-day clash with Glasshouse today that will provide the home side with a true indication of how their title defence is shaping up.
According to evergreen quick Troy Ashton, managing expectation is all part of the premiership winning experience for him and his team.
"We set our standards high,” Ashton told The Gympie Times ahead of today's clash of the titans.
"Having people away sometimes makes it hard and we may be guilty of setting the expectation too high for the new guys.
"It just brings the onus back on the older players to stand up.”
And stand up they have.
While the likes of Jake Vidler and Leo Cartwright have been impressive in the senior ranks, it has been the older brigade which has steadied the innings and turned a tight situation into a win.
Danny Shepperson is one of the competition's leading run scorers and Lewis Waugh and Josh Brady's leadership is perhaps one of the most respected in the competition.
Short form experts, the Gold may see a slight change at the top of the batting order today with the quick firing Waugh tipped to open with Ashley Sipple.
With one-day cricket fixtures until December, the environment is ripe for Gympie's big-hitters to come into their own.
Play gets under way from 10am at Albert Park.