Sunshine Coast Fire striker Shaun Blackman speaks during yesterday’s Gympie Regional Council’s civic reception at the Gympie Civic Centre ahead of Sunday’s Hyundai Queensland State League major semi-final between the Fire and Brisbane Strikers FC. Looking on is Football Queensland’s Lindsay Stewart of marketing and corporate relations.
Sunshine Coast Fire striker Shaun Blackman speaks during yesterday’s Gympie Regional Council’s civic reception at the Gympie Civic Centre ahead of Sunday’s Hyundai Queensland State League major semi-final between the Fire and Brisbane Strikers FC. Looking on is Football Queensland’s Lindsay Stewart of marketing and corporate relations. Renee Pilcher

Fire, Strikers to clash in Gympie

GYMPIE football fans have a front row seat to the Hyundai Queensland State League this weekend when the lid is lifted on a major semi-final between the Sunshine Coast Fire and Brisbane Strikers FC.

Football Gympie is hosting the big game at the One Mile Ovals Sunday afternoon and sparks will fly between the state league’s two top sides.

Sunshine Coast Fire claimed the minor premiership following the conclusion of ordinary rounds and heads in the encounter brimming with confidence.

The Brisbane Strikes FC, however, are eager to enact revenge against their coastal rivals and clinch the ultimate prize.

Gympie Regional Council hosted a civic reception at the Gympie Civic Centre late yesterday morning to celebrate Football Gympie’s selection as the venue for the major semi-final.

Mayor Ron Dyne thanked Football Queensland for the faith it had shown in Gympie in deciding the venue of the game, saying the decision was “a tribute to Football Gympie’s facilities”.

“An event of this size is a major coup and I thank Football Queensland for the confidence it has shown in the town.”

Mayor Dyne highlighted the economic benefits to arise from the hotly anticipated match and said the sport was hugely popular in Gympie.

“Football is a major part of Gympie and I am sure the semi-final will help inspire our young players.”

Hosting the Queensland State League major semi-final is just part of a hectic weekend of events in Gympie.

Aside from the Optus Music Muster, the Gympie Devils rugby league team hosts Nambour at home for a semi-final showdown.

“There is a myriad of events in Gympie this weekend but I am sure of the support the public will show for this semi-final,” Mayor Dyne said.

Football Queensland marketing and corporate relations officer Lindsay Stewart congratulated Sunshine Coast Fire on being crowned 2010 minor premiers.

“Having the Fire and Brisbane Strikers playing off in Gympie is a script that couldn’t have been written better,” he said.

“Now that we are in the finals, what has happened before doesn’t matter.

“It’s a new competition for the four sides now in battle to see who claims the premiership.”

A curtain raiser for the big game Sunday at the One Mile Ovals will be a semi-final clash between the Sunshine Coast Fire and Brisbane Strikers FC youth teams at 12.30pm.

The feature match will follow on Field 1 at 3pm to decide which team inches closer to grand final glory.

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