A COLOURFUL march past kicked off the first day of the Gympie Football season at the One Mile grounds on Saturday.
Football Gympie president Trevor Kirk said that despite some heavy rain the night before players from under-6 to U17s were keen to take to the soggy fields.
All four clubs - Lions, Golden City, Columbia and Diggers - donned their colours and banners at 8.15am for the traditional march.
Gold City won the new Ron Dyne trophy for the best display of team spirit in the march past. The award was presented by Mr Dyne's wife Dulcie and Gympie MP Tony Perrett.
Mr Perrett and Gympie Mayor Mick Curran opened the event and wished all clubs good luck for the season.
About 850 players have signed up this year, 150 less than last year.
Many players are trialing new sports and though having 250 girls and women register this year many younger girls have opted to play netball this year.
Five years ago the girls outnumbered the boys but a lot has changed in the last few years, Mr Kirk said.
"It was a great day and we did not stop from 9am in the morning until 9pm," Kirk said.
He said there were at least four fields in use at any one time throughout the day.
"Many of the older players from U15, U16 and U17s watched the Diggers win their first game at home for the season (that evening)," Kirk said.