A new look for Gold
CELEBRATIONS continue for the Gympie Offroad Gold XI cricket team after smashing Tewantin Noosa at the weekend to secure their first victory.
The win yielded two bonus points and a timely injection of morale after numerous previous matches slipped through their fingers in the dying stages of play.
While Gold players are still riding high, the team has added reason to feel good after receiving new playing uniforms.
Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said the shirts were presented to players at the weekend following the exciting win against Tewantin-Noosa.
“It was a good moment for the team, because up until now they have been playing in standard cricket whites,” he said.
The Gold players have had a corporate social shirt to wear before and after matches, but the addition of the new playing shirts has lifted the team.
“Other teams have long been playing in their own personalised playing uniforms, so it’s good that we can join them,” Blackburn said.
The new playing gear features the team’s name, as well as the name of the major sponsors, whose assistance helps keep the team afloat.
“Gympie cricket is really appreciative of the sponsors, so thanking them by displaying them on the Gold’s playing gear is a way of saying thanks,” Blackburn said.
Gympie Offroad has sponsored the team for two years, while the new uniforms have been made possible with the additional assistance of River Valleys Jerseys, McIntosh Homes Queensland and Big Bargain Furniture and Bedding.
Gympie Regional Council design engineer Ross Chapman, with the late Max Walters and current cricketer Craig Whittaker, founded the Gold in the 1997/98 season.
The team was set up to foster young Gympie cricket talent, removing the burden of travelling to the Sunshine Coast to play for teams there.
The Gold is yet to win a premiership in its years in the Sunshine Coast competition, but is gaining in strength and has helped launch the emerging careers of many young Gympie cricketers.
Gympie cricketers to have benefited from the team include Shaun Savage, Chris Summers, Peter Dein, Kaden Dickfos, Lewis Waugh and Josh Brady – all of whom have played A Grade cricket in Brisbane.