Geebung wins player of tournament
YOUNG Gympie footballer Donald Geebung has returned from the Kanga Cup in Canberra as the player of the tournament.
Geebung was a member of the all-conquering Wide Bay development team that won the plate division of the carnival, which is the largest youth carnival in the southern hemisphere.
Geebung, who plays for Diggers in Gympie youth competition, said he was surprised to win the individual award.
“I was pretty happy. It was good to play well away,” Geebung said.
The striker was in fine form during the carnival, scoring seven goals in five matches.
The Wide Bay development team had nine Gympie players in the squad and it was the first time Wide Bay has entered an under-15 team in the Kanga Cup.
Players from Australia, New Zealand and Korea, make up 224 teams, competed over six days.
The boys played four games in the division round, winning all four and proceeding straight through to the grand final.
The final was played at Hawker Football Stadium on artificial turf surface and the Wide Bay team beat Marist FC 4-0.
On Sunday, Gympie members of the Wide Bay team presented Gympie Football president Trevor Kirk with the spoils of victory to display in the club house.
Present were team members Ben Grosse, Luke Burdoe, Jai Lambden, Phoyx-Martin Smith, Tom Wheeler, Nalin Hird, Jory Evans, Brodie McDonald and Donald Geebung with Wide Bay coach Steve Manthey.
Absent for the presentation was Elliot Dennis, Tui Ormond, Lachlan Manthey and Angus Cochrane.