Women's Miners full of ambition

HAVING been in serious training since January, the Gympie women’s Miners soccer side is ready to throw itself into a series of pre-season matches.

Coach Mike Donaldson said the squad of 16 players would be taking part in a tournament this weekend at Woombye.

Attending the tournament Saturday will be teams from the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Donaldson said the tournament offered a chance for his players to transfer what they have been doing in practice and apply it in a match situation.

“The girls will definitely benefit from playing under match conditions,” he said.

“It’s a chance to convert what we have been focusing on in training to a game situation where it’s always different playing conditions.”

The Gympie side will play abbreviated games running for 15 minutes, meaning the emphasis will be on attack.

“The short games means we will be out for goals right from the start,” Donaldson said.

While a tournament, the Gympie coach said winning was not the main objective.

“It’s not so much about results but more so about playing in a game situation and working on our combinations,” he said.

The pre-season lead up continues a week later when the Gympie girls travel to Maroochydore to play in Sunshine Coast Charity Shield.

The shield is normally contested between the grand finalists from the previous season.

However, last year’s premiers Sunshine Coast Fire are not in the competition this season, allowing third placed Gympie to step up and take on runners up Caloundra.

“We’ll be going all out to win this one,” Donaldson said.

The Charity Shield is an early opportunity for the Gympie side to stamp its authority on the season.

An additional pre-season outing was hoped against the Brisbane Roar women’s side, but the elite Queensland women’s team was unable to come to the party.

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