Nathan Nolan will be a key player for this weekend's game with the Gladiators.
Nathan Nolan will be a key player for this weekend's game with the Gladiators. Leeroy Todd

Gladiators brace the conditions

THE Gladiators football side has recorded its first win during the pre-season but the coach has big expectations of the team.

Playing their first game as the Gladiators last Saturday at One Mile Oval, the new Gympie side excelled in melting conditions to beat Doonville Maryborough 6-4.

Gladiators coach Kyle Nix said he was focused on getting the basics right and not over-complicating plays.

"It was good to see them win, but we need to build upon that and keep that momentum going once the season starts,” he said.

"Since it is the pre-season, we are focusing on fitness and getting those little things right. They can be the difference between winning and losing a game.”

Nix said he was happy with how his team overcame the heat and did not give up.

"There were water breaks every 20 minutes but we were leading 4-0 and it wasn't until the last 15 minutes that we conceded points,” he said.

"The older heads need to take control on the pitch and lead the team.”

Football Gympie president Joel Albion said it was great seeing the boys on the park.

"The players hung around after the game and had a few drinks together,” he said.

"We want that culture after a game, where the players can sit around and enjoy each others company. It's what you build a club on.”

The club's annual sign-on day was over the weekend and Albion said the club was taking good numbers.

"Young players are the future of the club and we have a good foundation to build upon,” he said.

"If Gladiators are successful, numbers will rise.”

Gympie Times


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