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Player shortage across comp

CRICKET: The Gold XI will be battling with players away on rep duties.
CRICKET: The Gold XI will be battling with players away on rep duties. Renee Albrecht

CRICKET: The Gympie Gold XI will go into today's match against Caloundra understaffed.

In a scenario that is not entirely foreign to the Gold this season, a host of senior players will miss day one of their round three clash against the Lighthouses with representative commitments.

Captain Josh Brady is confident his young chargers can step up and continue the side's new-found form.

However, it is not just Gympie that is in a selection predicament.

The Sunshine Coast representative side contests the Schaeffer Shield at Bundaberg, giving club selectors their own headaches.

Nambour travels to face a full-strength Caboolture at Grant Road without Steve Ledger and Nick Wallace, making an already difficult task much more challenging.

The Snakes were untroubled in handling Tewantin-Noosa in their first outing of the season, and at home are always much tougher to confront.

Maroochydore comes off the bye to travel to Read Park, meeting a Tewantin-Noosa list missing Jarrod Officer, Andy Kratzmann and Ashley Poole.

The Thunder won well in the first round, but the draw set up meetings with heavyweights Caboolture, Maroochydore and Glasshouse in consecutive rounds.

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