Gympie stars ready for Kanga Cup
NINE Gympie footballers are looking forward to getting stuck into next month’s 2010 Kanga Cup in Canberra.
But only eight will strap on the boots for Wide Bay under 14 and 15 teams. These players include Lachlan Manthey, Angus Cochrane, Elliott Dennis, Tui Ormand, Nailand Hird, Tom Wheeler, Donald Geebung and Luke Burdoe.
The ninth player, Ben Grosse, won’t take to the field after suffering the misfortune of breaking his leg last month playing soccer.
His mother Robin said her son was determined to remain a part of the team.
“Nothing is holding him back (from) being a part of the preparations,” she said.
Grosse, in the true team spirit, will provide plenty of vocal support from the sidelines as his team-mates shoot for glory.
He was even at the One Mile Ovals yesterday; leg in plaster, balancing on crunches kicking the ball with his free leg.
The Kanga Cup itself will be held between July 4 and 9 and is expected to attract 215 teams from Australia, New Zealand and even as far afield as Korea.
There’s no understating the magnitude of the tournament. It’s the biggest youth football tournament in the southern hemisphere and one of the biggest in the world.
In order to be fully prepared, the Gympie boys joined the remainder of their Wide Bay squad for two practice matches against South West at the weekend, winning both.
The games were played at the One Mile Ovals on Sunday and Wide Bay had an ideal start to its preparation. The first game was won convincingly 11-1 and the second 5-0.