Disappointing end to Goodchild Shield campaign
FRASER Coast's disappointing end to their Goodchild Shield campaign may be the perfect opportunity to launch another period of dominance.
The squad was full of new, young talent, with only three members of last year's team.
Younger campaigners like Lachlan Stewart and Brad Andersen worked hard to restrict Gympie throughout the must-win game, and bowled the home side out for 167.
Veteran John Kosmidos got Fraser Coast off to the perfect start, but when he was run out for 49 it triggered a collapse from which the side could not recover.
"We lost our eight wickets for about 32 runs," wicket-keeper Paul Sanders said.
"We had a reasonably young side but me, John and Marty Maloney should've been responsible for chasing the total. It should've been the power hitters who got us home but we didn't."
Gympie won by 52 runs, with Max Cartwright the pick of their bowlers (4-26).
While disappointed at losing a game they "shouldn't have lost", Sanders spoke positively about the chance it provided the next generation of Coast representatives.
The likes of Stewart, Maloney and Andersen dominated with the ball, while it gave others like Tristan Finn the chance to experience the next level of competition.
"The young fellas bowled extremely well and it was a great opportunity for them to experience that level," Sanders said.
After lifting the Goodchild Shield two years in a row Fraser Coast will need a miracle to feature in the final.
Their non-appearance in the decider is the result of the generational change in the representative side, as Fraser Coast's young guns step up to higher honours.
"We've had a few good years but we only had three players left from the side who won last year," Sanders said.
"It's a changing of the guard. Those kids are already good cricketers and they will only get better in years to come. They are our future rep players."
South Burnett is the first team through to the Goodchild Shield final after their 34-run win over Bundaberg.
Fraser Coast play their third and final Goodchild Shield game against Bundaberg on January 17.