BREAKTHROUGH VICTORY: Gympie High Year 8 futsal team members (back) Tom Martin, Steven Hamlyn, Andrew Petrie, (middle), Ethan Boreham, Billy Bayldon, Connor Jocumsen, Josh Truda, (front) Brad Morsch and Jack Milham celebrate winning in Brisbane a fortnight ago.
BREAKTHROUGH VICTORY: Gympie High Year 8 futsal team members (back) Tom Martin, Steven Hamlyn, Andrew Petrie, (middle), Ethan Boreham, Billy Bayldon, Connor Jocumsen, Josh Truda, (front) Brad Morsch and Jack Milham celebrate winning in Brisbane a fortnight ago. Renee Pilcher

Gympie High QLD futsal champions

GYMPIE State High School has collected many achievements on the futsal court but has become a victim of its own success, leaving very little ground to break.

But a win to a Gympie High Year 8 futsal team in Brisbane a fortnight ago has ensured the school continues to reach new heights in the sport.

The representative team was invited to travel to Brisbane to compete in the 2010 Southern Queensland Champion of Champions Carnival, contested between August 2-6.

Against some extremely difficult opponents, the Gympie High Under-13 side claimed its age division with a grand final win over Toowoomba Grammar 3-2.

Coach Geoff Haig was thrilled with the result and level of dedication of the Gympie High boys.

“We have had other year levels go away and win at this event but this is the first time we have done with a Year 8 side,” he said.

“It was a long day against tough competition and some of the big schools but the boys played well.

“They showed plenty of staying power to play that many games and maintain their form.”

The road to the final was arduous for the Gympie High team, playing seven matches before taking to the court for glory.

From the seven games played, Gympie High had an enviable record of six wins and a draw. The draw (5-5) came in the third round against Helensvale State High School.

Gympie High enjoyed a winning start to its campaign in the first round against Xavier College, winning 5-3.

A commanding 5-1 victory followed against Toowoomba Grammar – Gympie High’s eventual final opponents.

Following the draw against Helensvale State High School, Gympie High marched on relentlessly to confront North Lakes College, winning 8-2.

The Gympie team created more carnage in the fifth round, showing plenty of endurance to punish Chancellor College 8-0.

Calvary College was then dismissed 6-0 while Aldridge State High School did well to manage two goals in a 6-2 whitewash to Gympie High.

The final itself against Toowoomba Grammar was a repeat of the second round clash and Gympie High found themselves under pressure to win by a single goal, 3-2.

Toowoomba revealed an ability to adapt its game and challenge the Gympie High team, throwing aside the lopsided 5-1 loss to Gympie in the second round.

Finalists from the Southern Queensland Champion of Champions Carnival are now invited to contest the Australasian Champion of Champions at Runaway Bay, on the Gold Coast, between November 19-21.

The Gympie High team will confront the top two teams from northern Queensland, northern New South Wales, southern New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory and New Zealand in a bid to be crowned Champion Futsal School in Australasia.

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