Miners set to protect comp lead

AFTER securing an outright lead on the Sunshine Coast competition ladder last week, the hard work now begins for the Gympie women’s Miners in an attempt to stay there.

The first step in Gympie stamping its authority on the competition was taken last night away against Coolum.

Team manager Angela Williams said the side would not take Coolum lightly, despite the team sitting in the bottom half of the standings.

“We played Coolum at home last time and they were pretty strong,” she said.

“Of the four bottom sides, I would rate Coolum as the strongest.”

Gympie won its last encounter against Coolum 4-2 but last night the Miners needed to contend with a late start and the loss of three key players.

Rebekah Martin and Kirra Mieran were absent from the team owing to Queensland representative training in Brisbane.

Compounding this was Ashlee Timbs still ruled out with injury.

Timbs injured her knee in training a few weeks ago and a MRI scan this week has revealed medial ligament damage, possibly requiring an operation to correct.

Unfortunately for Timbs and the Miners, the injury has the potential to be season-ending.

“It’s not looking good for Ashlee but we hope for the best outcome,” Williams said.

The loss of three players reduced the Miners squad to 14 players, but Williams said those players were fit and healthy.

The match last night was due to get under way at 8.45pm in Coolum.

See The Gympie Times next Tuesday for a match report.

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