Women's Miners to stand firm
IT’S full-steam ahead for the Gympie women’s Miners soccer outfit as their pre-season gathers pace this weekend with the Charity Shield in Maroochydore.
The Gympie team will be playing Caboolture Saturday afternoon and team manager Angela Williams is expecting a bruising encounter.
Last time both sides met in Gympie during the 2009 season, Caboolture was brazen in flaunting an aggressive and attacking style of play, sparking controversy.
Gympie players and supporters felt the physical contact during the game overstepped the mark, and there was frustration at the match referee for allowing Caboolture to run rampant.
Williams said Gympie players wouldn’t be intimidated this time around.
“We know what to expect and we are going into the game with strong mindset of what it is we need to stick to,” she said.
“The girls will be strong and will look after each other on the field.”
Although an important match and a win is a primary objective, the game is a trial and the Gympie team will not shy away from experimenting.
“We will definitely be trying new things and working out what our positions should be,” Williams said.
Mike Donaldson is the side’s coach, assisted by Jim Ambrose, and Williams said the pair would be watching keenly from the sidelines.
“It’s an opportunity to see the girls playing in a match away from the training field,” she said.
The wet weather over the last week has denied the side crucial hours on the training paddock, while also cancelling a carnival in Woombye at the weekend.
The side was due to train last night amid forecasts of storms by taking part in a friendly match against the Mary Valley Rangers.
Looking ahead, the Gympie women’s Miners play their first game of the season on March 19 against an opposition yet to be named as the draw continues to be finalised.