RAIN over the past few weeks has hampered the Gympie Miners’ pre-season, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fired up for tonight’s opening round.
Miners’ assistant coach Jim Ambrose yesterday said his team was fired up and ready for their away game against Maroochydore.
“The girls are keen as beans to get out and play,” Ambrose said.
“We started training eight weeks ago, but we really haven’t been able to play a game as yet,” he said.
“We were meant to play in a carnival and in the Sunshine Coast Charity Shield, but they both got rained out.
“Training has also been patchy because of the rain, but I don’t think that will be too much of a hindrance.
“It means the girls are champing at the bit to get out and play.”
Ambrose will have a majority of last year’s squad at his disposal, as well as four new recruits.
“We have lost our captain and central defender, Ashley Gear – if anyone is close to irreplaceable, she is.
“But we have a depth to cover for her loss and the four new girls give us that injection of youthful enthusiasm.”
Ambrose said his side would be in for a challenge against a resurgent Maroochydore team.
“Maroochy were a little off the pace last year, but the word is they have rebuilt their squad and will be very strong,” he said.
“They will want to make a statement in the first round, so we will be ready for them.”