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Soccer club hit again by vandals

Football Gympie Club secretary Pam Tindall was at the clubhouse cleaning up broken glass yesterday after the second attack of vandalism in three days.
Football Gympie Club secretary Pam Tindall was at the clubhouse cleaning up broken glass yesterday after the second attack of vandalism in three days. Renee Pilcher

TO say Football Gympie president Trevor Kirk was disappointed yesterday was an understatement.

Vandals have again attacked his beloved soccer clubhouse, smashing another three glass panels with rocks.

In the first instance of vandalism, found by club volunteers on June 4, one plate glass panel had been smashed.

Then, over night on Thursday, three panels were pelted with rocks after having targets drawn on them.

The vandals also spray painted profanities in purple and yellow paint.

But this time, whoever smashed three more glass panels didn’t use spray paint to deliver their message to the club.

The damage was found by Mr Kirk – who stopped by the club on Sunday morning on the way to Maleny – and occurred over night Saturday or Sunday morning.

Needless to say Mr Kirk’s day was ruined.

Sunday and again yesterday, he spent most of his day at the club house cleaning up broken glass along with Football Gympie stalwarts Pam and Arthur Tindall.

“I’m really disappointed. It was bad enough being hit once. It would be seven panels now we have to replace,” he said.

And it will cost the club another $3000 to fix. But this time, Mr Kirk, said the club may have to go back to watching games through mesh as he is hesitant to put glass back into the windows.

Gympie CIB is investigating.

If you have any information about the vandalism, saw or heard anything, call Gympie Police on 5480 1111 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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