Gold XI welcome one day arrival
AN outright loss to Maroochydore last weekend left the Gympie Offroad Gold XI feeling sore, making the side more determined to bounce back today for the start of one day matches against Hinterland.
The game is being played on home soil at Albert Park and senior player Troy Ashton said Gympie’s opponents were an unknown quantity.
“Hinterland is running second at the moment and looking at their results in the paper they are going to be tough opposition,” he said.
Despite going into the game blind, Ashton was confident Gympie was capable of sending the visitors home with a loss.
“Our style of game is more suited to the one day matches, so that is a factor working in our favour,” he said.
While Ashton himself is under an injury cloud and was not sure yesterday if he would be taking to the field, the bowler said there was a strong positive vibe in the team.
“A few of the boys had a great game last weekend against the ACA Masters and there is still a lot of buzz about that,” he said.
Gold batsman Steven Brady was in a league of his own against the Masters last Sunday, top scoring for the Gympie All Stars and turning plenty of heads.
Meanwhile, former coach Lindsay Dickfos attended training this week at the One Mile Ovals.
“It was good to have Lindsay there this week and we had a good atmosphere,” Ashton said.
Today’s game against Hinterland commences at 10am at Albert Park.
After last weekend’s ACA Masters Tour success, Gympie Cricket is hopeful of greater public support for the Gold when playing at home.