"Whenever they (the club's fringe players) have stepped up (into the team) they have done a good job for us.”
Sam Knight (fractured leg) is sidelined for the season and Kobe Fuller (hamstring) is out for up to six weeks.
Alexandra Headland's Vince Home has set a marathon world record in his division.
Kareena Lee, the Sunshine Coast's first 2020 Olympics-bound athlete, has credited coach John Rodgers with rekindling her career after she almost quit the sport.
Winkler, who steered Maroochydore to the title last year, said their immediate focus is simply to make it to the finals.
"I just thought we lacked a bit of energy with the footy and lacked a bit of enthusiasm.”
"It's so challenging out there,”
"We think he's got the attributes to really improve over the next 18 months.”
Trainer David Vandyke said on Thursday she had an 85 per cent chance of racing in the Group 3 1600m test, as he monitored her recovery from her previous outing.
Travistee has a good record at the track and in heavy conditions.