Gympie takes shot at finals
STEVE Brady has a monster weekend of cricket on his hands.
Today the Gympie Off-road Gold XI captain will be trying to secure a win over Maroochydore to have a chance of advancing to the Sunshine Coast one-day finals.
Tomorrow he will captain the open Gympie representative side to try and win the Wide Bay cricket title, the Goodchild Shield, in the grand final against South Burnett.
The Gold XI need to beat Maroochydore today in Maroochydore and then hope Nambour beats Caloundra to make the one-day final.
It is possible. Gympie beat Maroochydore in their last encounter, but Nambour will need to improve a lot to knock over Caloundra.
"We have a slim hope of making the final," Gold spokesman Bob Blackburn said.
"It's slim, very slim."
"It is a pretty big ask at the moment, but we have a chance."
Blackburn said the Gold would be fielding their strongest team of the year and were in with a good show of beating Maroochydore; it was just the Nambour match he was worried about.
But Blackburn was more confident about Gympie's chances in the Goodchild Shield final tomorrow.
The grand final will be a rematch of last year's final.
South Burnett won that game played in Murgon.
Blackburn thinks Gympie's home ground advantage may be the difference in the match this time around.
"We are hoping to turn the tables," Blackburn said.
"Actually we are not hoping, we will," he said.
Gympie have the wood on the Burnett this season after defeating them easily in the round robin match earlier in the year.
"They have got a couple of players out, we hear," Blackburn said.
"We are still not taking them lightly. You never take anybody lightly in finals."
The game gets under way at 9.30am at Albert Park and the team would like as many supporters as possible there to cheer Gympie on.