Lauren Bentley of the Gympie Miners is used to having mud on her boots after a wet 2012 season.
Lauren Bentley of the Gympie Miners is used to having mud on her boots after a wet 2012 season. Renee Pilcher

Miners muddy but claim win

GYMPIE Miners finally played their first game of the season Tuesday and brought home-team Woombye to their knees in a nailbiting 4-2 win.

The Woombye game was a catch-up match that staged the initially washed-out first game of the 2012 season.

Manager Angela Williams said the win demanded a tight team effort and every Miner delivered.

Williams had expected the Miners to pull off the win but admitted anything could have happened on the night, given the conditions.

A sticky, muddy field posed a hurdle for the side, however it's one challenge the Miners are becoming used to as they move further into what has been a wet season.

"The field was absolutely terrible; it looked like the cows had been on it," Williams said.

"I think we've only had two dry games this season.

"The girls' boots haven't lasted because of the wet."

The Miners got off to a slow start against Woombye and it wasn't until the 31st minute they took the lead.

The front-running didn't last long, with Woombye hitting the back of the net soon after.

"We let them score straight after," Williams said of yet another opposition goal that came straight after a Miner's success.

"We've been doing that quite a bit lately.

"The girls seem to lose focus."

It didn't take long for the Gympie girls to break the one-all score after half-time though, chalking up another goal early in the second half.

It was a case of deja vu for the Miners though, with Woombye following suit with another goal two minutes later.

It wasn't until the third goal, in the 55th minute, they could rest a little more easily.

"We were watching them and thinking 'don't let it go'," Williams said.

The Miners' fourth goal, from Ella Flack, secured the deal.

The win has seated the Miners in third place.

And with more games to tally up points this season, they are now setting their sights on second place.

Williams said a change in positions that saw Flack and Julie Hadzic move up front and feed the ball to Kylie Rayson out wide worked well.

Coach Jim Ambrose may choose the set up again for tonight's game against Buderim.

Tonight's game against Buderim at Buderim will see the Miners down the dependable Alexis Tramacchi and injured Kimberly Priem.

But Williams said the talent-packed side would still be competitive.

The Buderim game was the last of three games arranged to be played in eight days for the Miners.

But wet weather meant game number one last Friday, against home-team Coolum, was re-scheduled to Tuesday, July 31 - another full-on week to come for the Miners.

The Miners will play Buderim at Buderim tonight.

Gympie Times


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