Long path to finals for Miners
PREMIERSHIP glory is within reach for the Gympie women’s Miners, but a 3-2 loss to Buderim on Friday night has complicated matters.
Buderim defeated Gympie in the final round of regular fixtures before a robust home crowd at the One Mile Ovals.
Gympie and Buderim were tied in second place on the ladder before the clash but losing has seen the Miners drop to third place.
As a consequence, the Miners have missed out on the luxury of a second chance at making the grand final.
Semi-final action will be staged at Buderim this Friday night at 8.45pm.
Minor premiers Caboolture will play Buderim while Gympie sizes up Maroochydore.
The winner of Caboolture and Buderim will advance through to the final while the loser will play the winner of the sudden death Gympie and Maroochydore clash.
Miners coach Mike Donaldson said the side had a winning record (two wins and one loss) against Maroochydore but would face an uphill battle.
“Kim Espen is one of our key defenders and she got a yellow card and will miss the game,” he said.
“Not having her and Kylie Rayslyn, who broke her leg against Woombye the week earlier, has really hit us hard.”
Against Buderim, Gympie struggled initially to face a 2-nil deficit after 20 minutes, only to then claw their way back into contention.
Kirra Mieran scored for the Miners before half-time to have Gympie trailing 2-1 before Rebekah Martin levelled the clash in the second half 2-all.
The match’s outcome was decided in favour of Buderim’s when a long shot caught the Gympie keeper unaware.
“It was a good game and had the crowd involved but we were unfortunate to fight back and miss out on the win,” Donaldson said.