Gympie Offroad Gold XI paceman Troy Ashton is looking forward to opening the season against Caboolture.
Gympie Offroad Gold XI paceman Troy Ashton is looking forward to opening the season against Caboolture. Warren Lynam

Gold ready for cricket season

THE cricket gear has been dusted off and team training underway for some time ahead of Gympie Offroad’s Gold XI campaign in Sunshine Coast top division cricket, starting today.

Hitting the road to play Caboolture in the first instalment of a two-day match, Gympie Gold XI senior team member Troy Ashton was expecting a real challenge.

“Caboolture has been one of the leading teams in the Sunshine Coast competition for the last five or six years,” he said.

“They have plenty of class players and deserve a lot of respect.”

Caboolture is led into battle today by captain/coach Jason Voros, who always cuts an imposing figure on the cricket field.

The pacemaker was the leading wicket taker in the Brisbane competition last season.

Ashton said the Gold would begin its season under strength.

“It’s our first game of the season and we can’t expect too much,” he said. “But we will give it our best shot.”

Gold captain Tim McIntosh is back on deck after recently getting married, having returning from his honeymoon.

A break away from the game will see McIntosh seeking to shed the rust against Caboolture.

The Gold has been training hard for the past couple of months at the One Mile Oval cricket nets, and is excited to be introducing new blood to the side.

Young Brendan Mahaffey joins the Gold this year after a number of outstanding seasons in the junior ranks, turning heads in club and representative cricket.

Ashton said Mahaffey’s inclusion in the side was what the Gold was all about.

“The Gold is a great team for developing young talent in Gympie,” he said.

“Brendan wanted to play a higher level of cricket, and the Gold will really be good for him.”

Players to have benefited from playing previously for the Gold include Sunshine Coast Scorchers representatives Kaden Dickfos, Josh Brady and Lewis Waugh.

A possible future inclusion in the Gold line up is the talented Ben Gear, recently named in the Under 18 Sunshine Coast Scorchers outfit.

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