ONE FOR THE AGES
HOCKEY: Gympie has taken out the Queensland under-15 state hockey titles in emphatic fashion after a dominant display in Mackay over the school holidays.
A 9-0 final win over Redlands sealed the silverware for the blue and gold after going through the tournament undefeated.
Gympie team manager Peter Bambling said it was a huge effort from his players given the talent of some other teams in the competition.
"It was unbelievable, we only had about five actual under-15s, the rest of the players were 14, the bulk of which won the state titles last year, so we had a good mix,” Bambling said.
For some of the side's under-15 contingent, it was their first taste of success at a state level.
"A couple of the 15-year-olds said afterwards how awesome it was, some of them had never won a final, so it was huge.”
However, it was the side's dedication off the field which has really impressed officials.
Facing a $900 bill just to make it to the carnival, players and parents embarked on an epic fund- raising campaign which included a pie drive, two sausage sizzles and a $1000 give away.
Bambling said people in the community were lining up to support the players in their quest for the state trophy.
"People were just giving them money in the end,” he said.
"The boys were out on the road with signs, people were just driving past, not even wanting a snag and giving out $10.”
It was this same community spirit and sense of unity that has cemented the Gympie team as the best side in the state.