Columbia captain inspires team
REDEMPTION is the driving force for Columbia ahead of the final phase of Football Gympie's Division 1 local competition.
With just one round remaining, Columbia is in a commanding position with a lead of 44 points on the competition ladder.
Next placed team Diggers trails by a gaping margin of 19 points ahead of Golden City on 14.
Columbia captain Joel Bond said his side was determined to clinch the Division 1 competition in its maiden year since the men's Miners squad dissolved.
“We were really disappointed getting knocked out of the Mecano Cup,” he said.
“The team got together with that competition being our main focus and to fall short was not what we wanted.”
The Mecano Cup wrapped up earlier this month and was won by Bundaberg side Across the Waves over Gympie outfit Golden City.
A change in format this year will mean sudden death for Gympie semi final games and no second chance.
“Team 1 plays team three and two against four, so there's no room for error,” Bond said.
Semi final matches will be played on September 4 and the grand final a week later on September 11.
Bond said his side had what was needed to go all the way.
“We have a lot of experienced players blended with youth,” he said.
“But a big factor is that we all get on well and enjoy playing the game and training every week.
“Everyone has been putting in the hard work and we are seeing the results from that.”
Columbia plays Diggers this weekend to conclude the ordinary rounds of the season.