Vandals cost club over $3000
SHAKING with anger yesterday, Gympie Football Club president Trevor Kirk said what he would say if he confronted vandals that wrecked his much-loved club house was unprintable.
He found out about the damage at work yesterday morning after groundsmen called the police.
That damage will cost over $3000 to fix.
Two plate glass panels were smashed over night on Thursday and one was smashed Friday night last week.
It seems the culprit/s have painted purple targets and then thrown rocks at the windows, as the rocks have traces of purple paint on them.
Profanities have also been sprayed over seven glass panels, along with the graffiti tag “FTP”, which is a slur against police.
Gympie police are investigating.
The soccer club will have to pay between $3000 and $4000 just to replace the glass; interim panels are required while special glass plates are made.
Near the club house an electrical box, grandstand and Coke fridges have also been spray painted in yellow and purple paint.
A Gympie police spokesperson yesterday confirmed Gympie State High School and property along Wises Road was also vandalised, but did not say the extent of the damage.
Football Gympie will be beefing up their security in response to the attack, Mr Kirk said.
Yesterday, the club was reviewing security camera footage and cleaning up broken glass before scrubbing spray paint off the undamaged windows.
The destruction comes as a disappointment to volunteers who have selflessly given up their time to fundraise for the club extensions that cost the club $25,000 ($15,000 in glass alone) only three years ago.
Some of those volunteers like Pam and Arthur Tindall made the decision to not go to their day job yesterday and instead help with the clean up.
Mrs Tindall, who is club secretary, said she was devastated.
“I don’t think it’s (the culprit) anyone from soccer, or I wouldn’t like to think so,” she said.
Club President Trevor Kirk said the glass had to be fixed before today’s play as 65 games would be held at the One Mile soccer fields.
He said Football Gympie was hosting a Brisbane Raw game and State Carnival later this year, and he didn’t know why someone would target the club.
“I can’t believe it. I’m shaking wild,” Mr Kirk said.
If anyone has any information about the vandalism, have seen anyone with yellow or purple spray paint or saw it on someone’s clothing or body Football Gympie and police urge you to call the Gympie station on 5480 1111 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.