Qld state league to visit Gympie

AN incredible year for Football Gympie only gets better with the club to host a semi-final of the Hyundai Queensland State League.

The semi-final will be held on Saturday, August 29 at the One Mile Ovals and features the Sunshine Coast Fire and Brisbane Strikers FC.

The Sunshine Coast Fire topped the state competition ladder, giving the outfit the right to a home game for the semi-final.

As part of an ongoing push to enhance the profile of the world game in regional areas, Sunshine Coast Fire chose Gympie as the battle field for the encounter.

The decision delighted Football Gympie president Trevor Kirk.

“We’re over the moon about it,” he said. “We didn’t expect to get it (the semi-final) but it’s great news.”

Kirk said a major part of the Sunshine Coast Fire’s decision to play in Gympie was the quality of Football Gympie’s ground and facilities.

“The fire is really happy with the facilities we have here,” he said.

“They have played here a few times against the Brisbane Roar and they believe we have one of the best fields and facilities.”

The only snag for Football Gympie is the semi-final blockbuster clashes with the Muster weekend.

Kirk, however, was positive a good crowd would still be on hand to fill the stands.

“We have a lot of soccer clubs involved at the Muster but this is a big event for Gympie and it will be worth the trip back into town to take it in,” he said.

Both the Fire and Brisbane Strikers FC advanced closer to grand final berths with convincing victories over the Whitsunday Miners and Bundaberg Spirit respectively.

The icing on the cake for Football Gympie is the added bonus of hosting a semi final of the Queensland State Youth League.

With rounds of this competition still in progress, the teams participating remains unknown.

Football Queensland CEO Geoff Foster has expressed confidence in Gympie’s ability to host the elite match.

“Football Queensland is always looking to expand the game through the Hyundai Queensland State League and early feedback from the people of Gympie indicated a rapidly growing interest for football in the region,” he said.

Kick off for the semi-final match will be at 3pm and the Queensland State Youth League semi-final plays gets underway from 6pm.

Gympie Times

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