THE difficulty for any sporting side pushing its way through a rebuilding period is withstanding the inevitable sting of defeat.
It’s a situation the Gympie Offroad Gold XI cricket side has been faced with this season.
With many younger players stepping up to the side for exposure to the game at a higher level, the time taken for the new recruits to settle in has taken a toll on Gold’s record.
It’s a fact that has been reflected in the return of Gold to the bottom of the competition ladder with a thud last weekend.
Nambour’s outstanding first innings defeat of Hinterland at Yandina gave the side the boost it needed to surpass Gympie in the standings
But Gympie’s premier cricket side has a chance today to sign off from the season on a high, playing its final round at Albert Park against Glasshouse.
There is also the possibility of shirking the wooden spoon, something certain to motivate the players in the quest for a positive ending.
Meanwhile, the broader picture within the Sunshine Coast Competition has Caboolture leading the way with their sights fixed firmly on premiership glory.
Trailing behind in second is Maroochydore after the side bagged points from its victory over Gympie last weekend.
Results next week.