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Wait pays off for the glowing Golds

Gympie Gold skipper Troy Ashton celebrates the side’s first ever final win with Brad Millard and Kaden Dickfos at Caboolture on Sunday.
Gympie Gold skipper Troy Ashton celebrates the side’s first ever final win with Brad Millard and Kaden Dickfos at Caboolture on Sunday. Warren Lynam

I DON'T feel like whinging this week - things have been down enough for Gympie's sport lovers thanks to the flood.

So instead I'm going to be a happy Boofheadette and celebrate Gympie Gold XI's first ever final win in the Sunshine Coast Division 1 cricket league.

The team was elated on Sunday and so they should be; 15 years waiting is a long time.

No-one knows that better than the core long-time Gold members like Bob and Shirley Blackburn, Cameron Quinn, Brad Mills and skipper Troy Ashton.

They've had their hearts in the side the whole time and there's finally some silverware in the cabinet.

But while final win is the ultimate goal for any team, there's plenty of other things the Gold have to be proud of from their 15 years as a team.

Kaden Dickfos and Josh Brady are two examples of what the team can be proud of, along with the several other Sunshine Coast Scorchers the Gold has produced.

It might have been a 15-year wait to a premiership, but the Gold have bred up some top cricketers, and they should be proud of that.

They have set the bar for youngsters to aim at and are responsible for inspiring Scorchers, Wide Bay players and Queensland reps.

We've got a mighty impressive line up of cricketers coming through Gympie cricket right now and all of them have the Gold to look up to.

Ricky Dann was a youngster who strived to reach his potential as a teenager and he's still working to better his game from within the ranks of the Gold.

He's been lucky in that much of the Gold's long wait to a final win was instead spent by Dann at school, but if he's enjoying the potential of an all-out premiership at 18, who knows where he may end up in the future.

However, they say patience is a virtue, so good on you to the "old Golds".

If the saying is true you guys should be so virtuous you've started glowing by now.

Glad the wait paid off guys.

Good week

Gympie Gold take the one-day premiership from Caboolture to claim their first final win in 15 years.

Bad week

Flooded sports club houses still wait for power to return.

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