Team finds support through raffle
GYMPIE soccer mum Jane Gomes purchased a raffle ticket in aid of the women’s Miners last Saturday while her son was playing in the Squirts program.
Thinking at best she was lending a helping hand to the Gympie girls, Gomes was understandably surprised when she was informed to be the winner.
Gympie women’s Miners team manager Angela Williams said an excited Gomes was presented with her prize during a training session at the One Mile Ovals Monday evening.
Joining in on the impromptu presentation during a break in training drills was the entire Miners team.
Miners sponsor Anthony McPhee of Charter Partners was also there for the presentation.
The raffle ran for almost a month and Williams said the side exceeded their fundraising goal.
“The whole team was thrilled to exceed their target and thanks the community for their support,” she said.
“We did the raffle to raise much-needed funds to help keep the girls going this season.”
Since reforming last year, the Gympie team has put women’s sport back in the spotlight.
Tackling older and more experience teams on the playing paddock, the girls have shown the value of hard work at training and teamwork.
Last year, the team threatened the leading sides right up to the preliminary finals before being bundled out.
With new faces and a year’s experience under their belts, the Gympie women’s Miners have earned the respect of their Sunshine Coast counterparts.
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