Gympie women’s Miners striker Rebekah Martin fires off a shot at goal earlier in the season. The Gympie side is clear on the ladder and looking forward to cementing its position with a run of three away games in eight days.
Gympie women’s Miners striker Rebekah Martin fires off a shot at goal earlier in the season. The Gympie side is clear on the ladder and looking forward to cementing its position with a run of three away games in eight days. Craig Abbott

Miners to buckle down

GYMPIE women’s Miners squad players are bracing themselves for a hectic run of games set to challenge their mental and physical strength.

The side was due to travel to Coolum last Friday night to play Caboolture, but with five players out on representative duties in Townsville, Gympie successfully applied for a postponement.

Now, the team’s schedule is bulging at the seams for the next week.

“We will have three away games over a period of eight days,” team manager Angela Williams said.

The run of matches will be an important test for the Gympie side, currently enjoying an outright lead on the Sunshine Coast competition ladder.

The side will play Kawana away this Friday night before returning again Tuesday evening in Woombye for the catch up game against Caboolture.

There will be a few days’ rest before the Gympie girls strap on the soccer boots again Friday night and hit the road to play Caloundra.

Williams said the match against Kawana should be straightforward, but was not getting ahead of herself.

“We are not counting our chickens before they hatch, but we should be able to use that game as a bit of a trial,” she said.

The real test will be against Caboolture Tuesday night.

Caboolture is presently one point behind on the ladder in second position and a win to Gympie will create some breathing space.

“If we can bag the three points, that should buy us top spot on the ladder for a few weeks,” Williams said.

Hitting the fields for the second season since reforming last year, the women’s Miners have been flooded with support from well-wishers in the Gympie community.

Williams said the support meant a lot to the team.

“Everywhere we go, people are coming up and saying how well we are doing,” she said. “It really means a lot to get that encouragement.”

The Miners are the youngest team in the Sunshine Coast Competition but have set about dismantling the more older and established teams with a sense of maturity well beyond their years.

Gympie Times


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