Teams give their all
GRAND final action last Saturday was the perfect way for Football Gympie to sign off on another hotly-contested season.
Finals were played in all competitive grades and while a number of whitewashes left some teams and their supporters stunned, a handful of games went right down to the wire.
Football Gympie president Trevor Kirk described the season as “a complete success” on the eve of the grand final day, while also revealing his future in the top job would be limited to one more season at the most.
Kirk will put his hand up for president for next season for one last term but if someone else is willing to take on the job, he has pledged to happily stand aside.
Gaping scorelines in juniors
Junior grand finals had Columbia and Valley Rangers clubs celebrating their dominance.
Columbia Gold rolled Lions 8-0 in the U11 final while the U12 final went to Valley Rangers 3-0 over Golden City.
In contrast, the Girls 11-12 final was won by a single goal to Lions over Valley Rangers.
The Diggers club struck its first success of the day with a comprehensive 4-1 over Lions in the Girls 13-15 age group.
Youth finals stretch teams
Success for Diggers hit a roadblock in the first Youth 2 final, losing 2-1 to Golden City.
The club then dropped another final against Valley Rangers in the second Youth 2 final, falling 2-0 to Valley Rangers Purple.
A highlight for spectators crammed in the stands was the Youth 1 final between Diggers Maroon 3 and Diggers Blue 2, extending into extra time before the deadlock was broken and Diggers Maroon emerged triumphant.
Neither team was willing to give up in the quest for grand final glory and the crowd lapped up the dog fight, cheering loudly and riding the waves of emotion as tension mounted.
Women put on a show
The Open Women’s competition has been a showcase of talented Gympie female players all season and it was Diggers who clinched honours in rousing style.
Showing plenty of composure despite the pressure of a grand final, the side confidently swept aside Lions 5-0.
Lions went into the game full of confidence but found themselves unable to match Diggers’ firepower. The Diggers women worked effectively as a team from all angles on the field and never once allowed the win to appear under threat.
Debut men’s competition
Football Gympie president Trevor Kirk was confident the club made the right decision to scrap the Gympie Men’s Miners squad and return players to a beefed up local men’s competition.
Kirk said the year had produced plenty of great games in the lead up to the Division 1 grand final between Columbia and Golden City.
But it was Columbia to emerge victorious led by captain Joel Bond, cruising to grand final glory in style with a 4-1 thumping.
The win was important to Bond and his team, eager for redemption after dropping out in the race for Wide Bay competition, the Mecano Cup earlier this year.
“We were really disappointed getting knocked out of the Mecano Cup,” Bond said earlier this season.
“The team got together with that competition being our main focus and to fall short was not what we wanted.”