Gold team itchin' to play
THE Gympie Offroad's Gold XI cricket side is itching to get its season in the Sunshine Coast competition underway Saturday against Tewantin-Noosa.
The Gold will travel away to brave enemy territory for the encounter and team spokesperson Cameron Quinn said the Gympie players were fired up following a final training session Wednesday afternoon.
Players were put through their paces and battle plans drawn up ahead of tomorrow's clash.
Quinn says the team has undergone major change for this season.
“Josh Brady, our top line all-rounder, has moved on and up to play for the Sunshine Coast Scorchers in the Brisbane grade competition,” Quinn said.
It's a major achievement for Brady, who last year spearheaded the Gold's attack on numerous occasions with his flare for the game.
“The Gold XI's aim is to provide Gympie's top young cricketers a chance to move on to higher representative honours,” Quinn said of Brady's achievements.
Meanwhile, previously injured batsman Dan McCarthy, 17, is fighting fit and ready to make a return to the side.
McCarthy is joined by new opening batsman Shaun Wilson, who takes to the field fresh from an impressive century in A Grade cricket last weekend.
Another significant addition to the Gold XI fold is off-spinning debutant Langley Johnson, who Quinn says is “fresh from a winter in English county cricket”.
Add to that young fast bowler Tom White and it is easy to see why Quinn is brimming with excitement ahead of the new season.
White's addition to the team gives the young player another season to impress and a chance to cement his position.
But arguably the biggest boost to the side is the early return of captain Tim McIntosh from injury.
McIntosh sustained a shoulder injury from the off-season playing football and it first appeared as though he would miss the majority of the season.
But a quick recovery and a reprieve with the injury not as severe as first thought has the Gold charging into battle under McIntosh's watch.
Quinn was quick to thank Gympie Offroad for again coming forward with sponsorship, saying the assistance kept the team afloat.
The Gold is again organising the $200 club this season.
The club offers members free transport and a ticket to a One Day International cricket match at the Gabba, along with other benefits.
Interested individuals can approach Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn any Saturday in the Albert Park canteen.
Gold XI team selection:
Steven Brady, Shaun Wilson, Tim McIntosh (C), Ashley Sippel, Dan McCarthy, Troy Ashton, Langley Johnson, Cameron Quinn, Dan Shepperson, Brad Millard and Tom White.