Gympie’s Joel Bond defending against a Maroochydore player during a Sunshine Coast league match in 2007. Bond played for the Gympie Miners last year before taking on coaching duties of Columbia in the revamped local men’s competition.
Gympie’s Joel Bond defending against a Maroochydore player during a Sunshine Coast league match in 2007. Bond played for the Gympie Miners last year before taking on coaching duties of Columbia in the revamped local men’s competition. Jason Dougherty

Columbia take an early lead

GYMPIE made a bold, and slightly unexpected, move last year to withdraw the Gympie Miners men’s squads from the Sunshine Coast Competition.

The decision was undertaken with a view to create a strong localised Division 1 men’s competition.

Football Gympie secretary Pam Tindall believes the decision has been worth the bravery.

“The men’s competition has been going extremely well,” she said.

“Very competitive matches are being played and the standard of soccer is very high.”

There are four sides battling it out for honours, including Columbia, Golden City, Diggers and Lions.

Although the season remains in its early stages, Columbia has jumped out of the gates to take an early competition lead.

The team, coached by Joel Bond, is on 12 points. In second with six points is Golden City under the watchful eye of Darryl Cash.

Diggers and Lions round out the remaining two places.

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