FIVE talented Gympie footballers played their role in helping a Wide Bay development squad to glory in the 2010 Kanga Cup earlier this month.
The Kanga Cup was held in Canberra between July 4-9 and the Wide Bay Under 15 squad emerged triumphant after defeating Marist College FC 2-0 in the final.
Wide Bay secured its win in the first 17 minutes on the back of sensational form in its earlier rounds, leaving Marist College FC unable to find a way back into the match.
It was a case of history repeating itself for Marist College FC after losing to Wide Bay 4-0 in the teams’ final group match ahead of the final.
The Gympie members of the winning Wide Bay team included Lachlan Manthey, Angus Cochrane, Elliot Dennis, Tui Ormand and Donald Geebung.
Team manager Coralie Wheeler was overwhelmed with the achievement and said prior to the victory the side had achieved more in its 14th match together than many teams do.
The Kanga Cup is the most coveted prize in Australian youth soccer and the largest carnival of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
A selection of teams taking part in the event came from international destinations, including New Zealand and Korea.
Gympie players Nalind Hird, Tom Wheeler and Luke Burdoe also participated in the tournament as members of the Wide Bay Under 14 squad.
Meanwhile, fellow player Ben Grosse was sidelined from the Under 14 squad after breaking his leg.
A staggering 215 teams took part in the carnival, offering a glimpse of the game’s future in the afterglow of South Africa’s 2010 World Cup.