Miners ready for big week

SINCE taking control of the Sunshine Coast Competition ladder, the Gympie women’s Miners soccer outfit is about to confront its most demanding week to date.

The side was due to play last night away against Kawana, only to then be backing up next Tuesday for a catch up match against Caboolture.

Compounding the schedule even further is another match Friday night against Caloundra.

Miners team manager Angela Williams said the girls were ready for the challenge.

“Everyone is ready, but it’s going to be a test for us,” she said.

Williams was not expecting too much of a tussle against Kawana, but was not about to fall into complacency.

The biggest test for the Miners will be Tuesday against Caboolture, to be played at a halfway ground in Woombye.

Caboolture is breathing down Gympie’s neck on the ladder, trailing by a mere half-a-point.

“If we can beat Caboolture we will give ourselves some more room at the top,” Williams said.

An additional challenge for the Miners will be the loss of Kiah Monk in goal due to a basketball final.

“That’s the problem with postponing a game to the middle of the week,” Williams said.

“It was a tough call for Kiah to make.”

Miners team officials were due to put their heads together last night to work out a solution on which players would be filling in for the in-form Monk.

Beyond that, the match against Caloundra Friday night almost seems a certain win with the coastal side unable to earn a victory this season.

To be played away, it will be the first time both sides have met after Caloundra forfeited its round against Gympie at home earlier in the season.

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