Miners robbed of win
GYMPIE Miners had a rough trot last Friday when a controversial goal was awarded to top-ranking rivals Caboolture at their One Mile Oval clash.
It was neck-and-neck between the teams until in the last minutes, an unofficially contested goal was awarded to Caboolture after the ball rolled out and was kicked back on field by a Caboolture player.
Miners' manager Angela Williams said players from both teams saw the ball roll- out and had even stopped playing, so it was a shock when the game went on un-hindered and lead to a goal.
Williams said that Miners' players heard from spectators after the game that they had been robbed.
It was a disappointing loss for the side, which was sitting in second until last Friday's game.
They are now third on the competition ladder, which Williams says isn't too bad because they are still in the top four to contest the finals.
"It's a shame, but at the end of the day the ref is the one who gets the say," Williams said.
She said that while the Miners officially lost the game, they presented as the stronger team on the night and hoped the loss would let the team fly under the radar a little longer.
"People expected us to be beaten by Caboolture.
"We'll be ready for them next time," Williams said.
She said more opportunities were racked up by Gympie than Caboolture and the first goal Caboolture made was a lucky one.
The goal came seven minutes after a nil-all half-time and was returned by Gympie just minutes later.
"The goal fired up the Gympie girls, who thought if Caboolture could have an easy goal, they could too," Williams said.
She said Ella Flack took on Caboolture's keeper and persevered until she made headway.
"She made a beautiful goal."
Williams said Samantha Sutton made an "outstanding effort" and was awarded the game's player of the year points.
"Sammy has a never-say-die attitude.
"She's turning out to be a brilliant player," she said.
Williams said overall it was quite a good game for the team, which have a well-earned break tonight thanks to a scheduled wash out week.
After the break the team hopes to welcome back Kym Priem, who has been out for three weeks with a foot injury.
The Miners will rest-up before a hard session of training ahead of their away game against Woombye on June 29.