Miners women in to finals

A FORFEIT by Caloundra has pushed the Gympie Miners women’s football side into the 2011 Sunshine Coast finals series.

The match that was scheduled for tomorrow night at One Mile was to be as crucial for the Miners as a final, with the Gympie team needing a win to stay in the top four to cement a spot in next week’s finals series.

Currently the girls sit in fourth place on the ladder, just one point in front of Bee Gees.

Bee Gees look set to beat NYU meaning the Gympie girls need would have had to win to stay in the finals race.

At the start of the week Donaldson said the match was like a knock final, but said the girls are used to playing under pressure.

“The last four matches have been like finals for us,” Donaldson said.

“We just have to look after ourselves and keep winning,” he said.

Today Donaldson was over the moon about his teams inclusion in the finals although a bit disappointed the team missed out on their last home game.

The coaching staff didn’t tell the girls about the forfeit and their place in the finals until after training on Wednesday night.

“The girls were a bit disappointed, they wanted to play,” Donaldson said.

“But it is great news to be in the finals.”

Donaldson and co-coach Jim Ambrose are heading down to watch the Maroochydore Woombye clash in the hope of finding some chinks in the top sides armour.

Donaldson is expecting to play Woombye in the knock out final clash next week at the Coast.

“We are trying to come up with a game plan we can beat them with,” Donaldson said.

The Miners have struggled against the top three teams earlier in the year.

Donaldson said the Gympie side had lost three times to top of the table Maroochydore, they have lost two and won one game against Caboolture who sit in second spot and lost twice and drawn one game to Woombye.

Next week we will play either Woombye or Caboolture at Maroochydore.

“Anything can happen in finals,” Donaldson said.

“We have got to get three wins if we want to win the trophy.

Donaldson said the aim of the team was to make the finals at the start of the season.

But the chance to play in the Sunshine Coast women’s football finals was something the team would have only dreamed of in the first half of the season.

The new young team, with eleven fresh players, took a while to build combinations under the guidance of coaches Mike Donaldson and Jim Ambrose.

A bout of sickness early in the year saw the Gympie side struggle to field a team.

One game the girls played with only seven players. The following match had to be rescheduled due the Miners’ inability to field a team.

This early setback hampered Donaldson’s ability to mould the team into competitive outfit.

Since then the Miners have attracted new players. Their teamwork and confidence has improved and that culminated in a 10-nil flogging of Nambour Yandina United last week.

Donaldson said the team started up three years ago from nothing.

“We were lucky to get a squad together back then,” Donaldson said.

“We lost 11 players this year. It was like starting from scratch again.”

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