No worries as Gold XI looks to bounce back to form
CRICKET: They say the hardest part of winning a premiership is defending it and there are undoubtedly few Gympie Gold XI players who would disagree.
After coming so close for so many years, Gympie's home-town heroes finally secured the coveted Sunshine Coast division one silverware last year but were overcome by a hungry Tewantin-Noosa outfit in the maiden match of their title defence.
It is usually at this point, when a side has shared in a certain amount of success and struggles early in the season, players and officials start to panic.
However, Gympie Gold selector and president of the the Gympie Regional Cricket Association, Ian Manly, said yesterday the panic button had not yet been pushed.
"We (selectors) have zero concerns about how the side (Gold XI) is structured,” Manly said.
"We had always anticipated the players who had been picked in the Bulls Masters (would be) back on day two, but that didn't happen.”
Due to a list of mitigating and circumstantial factors, the Gold went into the second half of their opener without several strike players.
Steve Brady suffered a relatively severe injury in Mackay and may be sidelined for a number of weeks while Joel Saunders elected to represent Bundaberg under-19 at the Wide Bay championships.
Selectors were also forced to rotate out a number of under-19s who were originally named in the senior squad due to conflicting representative duties.
Gympie will now face Nambour away from home in an attempt to claw back some points.