Fire, Spirit to play in Gympie
FOOTBALL Gympie’s top-class facilities are paying dividends for the club, says secretary Pam Tindall.
Tindall was excited yesterday to announce the Gympie club would be hosting a Sunshine Coast League match between the Sunshine Coast Fire and Bundaberg Spirit on May 9.
The match will be a home game for the Sunshine Coast Fire after team officials moved to have the round shifted to Gympie.
“It’s really great for us to be hosting another top match like this,” Tindall said.
“It goes to show our facilities are really excellent and attracting plenty of attention.”
Gympie football fans will be encouraged to attend the encounter as yet another chance to see the game at its elite level being played in regional areas.
On the same day as the big match, Gympie representative teams will be lifting the curtain with a series of matches against Wide Bay Centre of Excellence teams.
“It’s going to be a big day with lots of matches,” Tindall said.
In other Football Gympie news, the Squirts program is gaining in strength.
Last year, about 80 juniors signed up to learn the game. This year, that number has exceeded the 100 mark.
“What a response,” Tindall said. “We’ve had a massive jump in numbers.”
Squirts play each Saturday and the program is due to finish up on June 19.
The young players take part in a variety of skills sessions and apply those in a modified game situation.
“We have no rules when they play because it’s about chasing the ball and learning to work as a team,” Tindall said.
In the senior ranks, the newly unveiled men’s competition is continuing to produce some electric weekend clashes.
The competition has received an injection with the Miners men’s squads being abandoned and dissolved back into local fixtures.
A surprise move when announced, Football Gympie has stood by its decision in an effort to keep the club moving forwards.
Meanwhile, Football Gympie is applying the finishing touches to its Good Sports Awards for the end of the season, aiming to highlight the achievements of players, teams and club officials.