SHOWDOWN: Nix brothers face off in Gympie grudge match
SOCCER: Gympie United senior coach Kyle Nix will have an added motivation to get a win on home turf tomorrow night when his Gladiators face Nambour Yandina United.
Coming off a narrow 2-0 defeat to Caloundra in their season-opening match last week, Nix will face his two brothers and fellow K3 Coaching directors Korey and Kallum when they step on the pitch for NYU.
Korey, who serves as a player-coach for the Reds, hinted at the family rivalry on his Facebook page earlier this week.
"Because I have a brother, I'll always have a friend. But not for 90 minutes on Saturday,” his post read alongside the two sides' logos.
"As soon as we cross that white line, it's war.”
Kyle, who also plans on entering the fold as a player-coach at some stage this season, echoed his brother's sentiments and stressed the grudge match would be dead serious.
"It's not a laugh, when it comes to that 90 minutes it's completely serious,” Nix said.
"It's how the three of us have been brought up in professional football backgrounds, you don't go in to lose.
"Sometimes we don't talk much after the games, we're quite competitive. It's exciting, it's good to be able to go against them.
"We're not here to have a laugh, the competition we're in is getting better and better. I want to win.”
The Gladiators coach said he was pleased with the team's performance against Caloundra and blamed momentary lapses for the two goal difference at the full time whistle.
He said he had been encouraged in his troops' confidence on the pitch.
"Caloundra got to the finals last year, they're a very good side, we played really well most of the game.
"Our back line was very strong and solid, we just had a couple of lapses. We rushed a throw in and conceded a free kick with about 10 seconds left in the first half and conceded from the set piece. There's a big difference between going in 0-0 and 1-0 at the break.
"Our boys looked confident out there, we were creating chances. Their keeper pulled off some really good saves.”
Nix encouraged supporters to get behind the team in strong numbers as they face a strong NYU contingent.
The three Nix brothers face off when the Gladiators play the Reds from 6pm at the One Mile Sports Complex tonight.
10:30am - under-16 vs Caloundra (Field 1)
10:30am - under-13 (3) vs Cooroora (Field 2)
11:50am - under-13 (2) vs NYU (Field 2)
12:15pm - under-16 v Grammar (Field 1)
1:10pm - under-14 girls vs Buderim (Field 2)
2:00pm - under-18 vs Grammar (Field 1)
2:50pm - under-15 vs Coolum (Field 2)
4pm - Gladiators Reserves vs NYU Reserves
6pm - Gladiators vs NYU