At just 14 years of age, Kirra Mieran is the youngest player on the women’s Miners squad. Mieran scored her first two goals for the Gympie representative team contesting the Sunshine Coast competition in its 9-1 slaughter of Kawana at home last Friday night.
At just 14 years of age, Kirra Mieran is the youngest player on the women’s Miners squad. Mieran scored her first two goals for the Gympie representative team contesting the Sunshine Coast competition in its 9-1 slaughter of Kawana at home last Friday night. Craig Warhurst

Miners on a rampage

AFTER falling to Caboolture 3-1 Tuesday last week, the Gympie women’s Miners soccer side bounced back in emphatic fashion with a blistering 9-1 thumping of Kawana later in the week.

The match was played at home at the One Mile Ovals Friday evening and the Gympie representative side turned the screws on their hapless opposition.

Coach Mike Donaldson was ecstatic with the one-sided result.

“We hammered them in the end,” he said.

“It’s a pleasing result.”

Weighing in with the scoring frenzy for Gympie were Rebekah Martin (3 goals), Bianca Connell (3), Kirra Mieran (2) and Christy Bryant (1).

Scoring two goals for her team was a major breakthrough for Mieran, who happens to be the youngest player on the team, at just 14.

“Those goals were her first for the team,” Donaldson said.

“It will be a major confidence boost for her for the rest of the season.”

Gympie scored three of its impressive nine goal haul in the first half before wasting little time in tearing strips off Kawana in the second half.

The last 10 minutes of the game were particularly devastating for Kawana, as Gympie added further insult to injury with a string of goals to blow the winning margin out even further.

Mieran was an important part of the last-minute assault on Kawana, including a spectacular goal right on the whistle to see Gympie fall one goal shy of double figures.

Kawana, left feeling red-faced with its lacklustre performance, saved face with its only goal in the 51st minute as many of the team’s players complained about their dismal performance.

“We heard their players saying that they had never played that badly before, but I think we didn’t allow them to play well,” Donaldson said.

Gympie backs up again this Friday night against Caloundra and as runners-up from last season, the clash will make it worth filling the stands.

Meanwhile, the Gympie team continues selling raffle tickets to help raise important funds.

The raffle is drawn this Saturday at the Football Gympie clubhouse and tickets may be purchased from Bakers’ Delight at Goldfields Plaza or at the women’s Miners home game this Friday night.

Gympie Times


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