Bryan leads by example in win
A FOUR goal haul to captain Christy Bryan helped guide the Gympie women’s Miners to a comfortable victory over Caloundra last Friday.
Playing on Field 1 for the first time at the One Mile Ovals, Gympie disposed of Caloundra 5-0, barely raising a sweat before a supportive home crowd.
Team manager Angela Williams said the team was pleased with its victory after being promoted to Field 1 for the first time.
“The girls were very excited about it (the promotion) and it was a solid result in the end,” she said.
Gympie dominated the first half, scoring fours goals thanks to a hat trick from Bryan and a single goal from Kirra Mieran.
Caloundra managed flashes of form on the field, but the visitors found Gympie’s defence impenetrable when attempting to draw blood.
With such a commanding lead at the half-time break, coaches Mike Donaldson and Jim Ambrose decided to use the second half as a chance to experiment.
“We decided to take advantage of the lead we had in the game to try some new plays we have been working on,” Williams said.
“It was really successful and we worked the ball up the field a few times to nearly score.”
Bryan struck again in the second half to take her personal tally to four, capping off one of her best performances for the side.
Williams congratulated Caloundra for the spirit in which they played the game.
“They lost a lot of players at the start of the season and actually forfeited the first time they were to play us, so they have come a long way and next season will be interesting,” she said.
Meanwhile, two rounds remain in the competition and Gympie is sitting jointly in second position with Buderim behind leading team Caboolture.
The minor premiership is a possibility but Gympie will need to win its next two games and hope Caboolture falters at least once.
“Caboolture has two easy games ahead but anything can happen,” Williams said.