Gympie Diggers down players
THE Gympie Diggers Division 1 side will play at home tonight but will struggle to field a team against Nambour Yandina today with injury and unavailability plaguing the side.
Gympie secured the win 2-1 at Nambour when the teams first played and hope to defeat the side again at One Mile Ovals today.
Gympie Diggers coach Joachim Klein said training this week was pretty average on Tuesday and Thursday with only 10-12 players turning up.
"The players that are available are keen to build on last week".
"We should have a confident, strong first-grade side," he said.
The Division 1 side will be without Justin O'Connell, Jarrod Healy, Steve Heim and Oliver Wittkopf with Gympie missing eight players across Division 1 and Division 2.
Klein said he would be among the injured as he is still resting bruised ribs, but might have to take the field at the last minute.
He said Daniel Mills, who has played for Division 1 in the past and Daniel Allan from division two have accumulated yellow cards during the season which have resulted in a one week suspension today.
"They have come at a time when we are missing a lot of players," Klein said.
Both Gympie and Nambour Yandina are trailing at the bottom of the Sunshine Coast Football ladder as the Diggers look to re-join the middle pack. Klein said they just had to make sure they wanted to win more than the other team.
"It comes to work rate and attitude in a game".
It is not necessarily an easy thing to train - it is hard to motivate players if they don't turn up to play, he said.
"The last two matches we have had the right attitude going in to the game".
Klein said no one had been playing exceptionally well, but everyone was pulling his own weight.