Hospital end for Miners
GYMPIE Miner Hayley Silver was rushed to Caboolture hospital after suffering a back injury in last Friday's physical encounter against Caboolture.
Silver was stretchered off the field with a cold weather-enhanced back strain with only 10 minutes of the match to go.
Miners' manager Angela Williams said Silver would not be present for tonight's game against Woombye at Woombye but should be back on deck soon.
In what is becoming a familiar scenario, the Caboolture game saw the Miners start with just 11 players and finish with only nine.
The deficit started with the loss of recovering Kylie Rayson, who coach Jim Ambrose pulled off to avoid a strain on her injured foot in the second half, and finished with the loss of Silver.
While the score was settled at one-all at half-time, Caboolture brought it home, scoring three times in the second half bringing the final scoreboard to read 4-1.
Williams praised the side for a good game regardless of the understandable loss.
"The girls found that little bit more and never gave up," she said.
They won't catch second place, but the Miners can sit safe in third as with only one round to go, even if fourth-place Woombye beats them, they have enough points to avoid being leap-frogged.
Williams said they would be looking for Woombye's weakness before the teams meet again in the semis.