Gympie football amazed crowd

A Japanese player in full flight against Sunshine Coast Fire.
A Japanese player in full flight against Sunshine Coast Fire. Craig Abbott

"SOME of the best football seen on One Mile oval" was how Gympie Football Vice President Mark Haas described the game between Japan's Under 21 side and the Sunshine Coast Fire on Wednesday night.

A large Gympie crowd was treated to some amazing skills as the Japanese team racked up three goals to the Fire's one.

Haas said the Japanese played a fast, but not brutal style of football.

“They were very athletic, almost gymnast-like,” Haas said.

“It was if they were playing in unison.

“The person with the ball had plenty of options and they always gave the easy ball."

The thing that impressed Haas the most was the spirit in which they played the game.

“There attitude was great ... there was no aggression, no spitefulness,” he said.

“They were really good with the kids, it was really sincere public relations.”

The Japanese World Cup players didn't get a lot of field time, because the coaching staff were protecting them, but Haas said they were all class when on the field.

Gympie Football was lucky to have the game played at One Mile.

It was because the fields at the Sunshine Coast were still wet and dug up after a touch carnival that the football hierarchy decided to move the game to Gympie.

Gympie Times