Carnival develops players' skills
GYMPIE junior soccer players had a ball in Hervey Bay at the weekend, playing in a non-competitive carnival where having fun was the name of the game.
The carnival, organised by Football Wide Bay, was held for the first time Sunday at the Kawungan Football Club for players in Under 8 to Under 10 divisions.
Gympie players helped to make up over 500 juniors coming from Maryborough, Bundaberg, North Burnett and host city, Hervey Bay, on Sunday.
Gympie supplied three teams, one per age group, and the players had at least four matches for the day.
Some teams tackled an impressive five matches, proving their love for the game was endless.
Spectators were impressed with the level of play on the day and, particularly, the good sportsmanship displayed between players.
With an emphasis on participation and having fun, scores were not recorded and no teams announced winners at the end of the day.
The carnival was organised in conjunction with the Kawungan Football Club, headed by president Craig Smerdon.
Smerdon could not be contacted yesterday for comment on the successful weekend but the club was praised for its hospitality by visiting teams.
Unable to contain their energy, many players were tearing around the oval in between matches, playing impromptu games with family and friends.
The juniors return to the One Mile Ovals this weekend to play.