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Soccer season off with a bang

Members of the Special Olympics club celebrate winning the march past trophy following the Football Gympie opening ceremony at the weekend. It is the first time the club has won the award and Football Gympie secretary Pam Tindall was thrilled with their victory.
Members of the Special Olympics club celebrate winning the march past trophy following the Football Gympie opening ceremony at the weekend. It is the first time the club has won the award and Football Gympie secretary Pam Tindall was thrilled with their victory. Craig Warhurst

FOOTBALL Gympie ushered in a brand new season in style with its traditional march past and first round games at the weekend.

Club secretary Pam Tindall said the weekend went “extremely well”.

“We just had under 1000 players sign on and after the weekend that number grew by 100,” she said.

“The response has been terrific.”

Decked out in new soccer gear, the hundreds of players assembled in their respective clubs for the March Past while scores of spectators lined Field 1.

“It was quite a sight,” Tindall said.

Each year, an award is given to the best-looking club during the March Past. This year, that award went to the Special Olympics club for the first time.

Meanwhile, all teams were involved in the official first round of play.

For teams scheduled with a bye, a special round robin competition was organised to ensure they could participate.

Plenty of work in the last few weeks has seen the One Mile Ovals transform from cricket fields into soccer fields, with goal posts going up and player boxes installed.

Tindall said Football Gympie was eager to get stuck into the season.

“It’s going to be a great season,” she said. “We can’t wait.”

Adding to the excitement of the season ahead is the addition of a third division to the local men’s competition.

This year, the competition will include former Gympie Miners representative players.

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