Dickfos out for Gold XI semi-final
THE Gympie Gold side heads into today's final without the support of captain Kaden Dickfos.
After a three week break the Gold XI A-grade side has recharged the batteries and is ready to head into the finals at Albert Park.
All-rounder Troy Ashton says "anytime you have a rest it's a good thing but the boys are keen to play and ready to rock and roll this Saturday".
The Gympie Gold team in the one day competition is second on the ladder and will go head to head with Nambour in today's semi-final, the winner battling it out on Australia Day against an undefeated Caboolture.
If they lose they will rely on a loss for Maroochydore this weekend to stop the opposition side from leap-frogging them on the ladder.
Though Nambour is a worthy competitor Ashton says "anyone is beatable on the day and the boys are looking strong".
With 50 overs for both sides the boys intend building an innings quickly and taking out Nambour's dominant batsman Steven Ledger early in the game.
Although Albert Park had been dampened by rain not even the miserable weather would prevent the team from training on the reserve facilities out at the showgrounds on Wednesday of this week.
The team had another training session yesterday.
The line-up for today's match is looking strong as acting captain Lewis Waugh says they "have a good blend of young fellas in the team" and a full team - except Dickfos - leading into game day.
Dickfos is missing in action due to his representation in the country cricket championships in Bendigo for the Queensland cricket side.
Although missing a captain and having to calculate for jumpy, variable bends in the wicket Waugh says the "added pressure of a semi-final" will intensify this already dangerous Gympie side with the home ground advantage.
After the one day competition concludes with the grand final the Gympie Gold will proceed into the two day competition the week after against Maroochydore.
The Gympie Gold team to take on Nambour at Albert Park today: