Cross caps off brilliant season
SUNSHINE Coast football paid tribute to its stars with an awards night on Sunday, and stepping into the spotlight was Gympie athlete Adam Cross.
Cross received the Golden Boot Award for scoring the most goals throughout the season. After finishing runner-up for the top honour more than once, Cross said he was relieved to finally get his hands on the prize.
“I’ve finished runners up a few times, including last year, so it was really good to finally win it,” he said.
“It’s a good feeling and a great reward for all the hard work I put into the season.”
Playing for the Cooroora Wombats, who made their debut in Sunshine Coast competition this season, Cross booted 20 goals from 16 games.
The football star, who feels very much at home in the position of striker, missed four games for the season yet was still able to snare the honour.
Missing two games earlier in the season to injury, a broken collar bone late in the season ruled Cross out for another two.
“It’s a great result, considering I missed four games for the season with injury,” he said.
“I’ve had better seasons where I have scored more goals but thankfully no one was able to do that and I still ended up with the award.”
In addition to the Golden Boot Award, Cross also finished runner up in the race to be named Sunshine Coast Player of the Year.
The Gympie football product was stoked with the result.
“I’m really happy with runner up,” he said. “It’s a great honour. And to finish runner up despite missing those games is great.”
Cross contemplated what could have been, had injury not imposed itself on his season.
“There were four rounds where I could not earn points, so who knows, I may have won it otherwise,” he said.
Cooroora, meanwhile, finished the season in sixth place on the ladder, missing the finals, but Cross said the side’s debut in the competition was successful.
“We were sitting in third place up until we lost the last game of the season,” he said.
“To drop three places from one result shows how tight the competition was, and that’s great for Sunshine Coast football.”
With football no longer a six-month sport, Cross said he was enjoying a few months off before hitting the training paddock again in preparation for next season.