Numbers down but still not out

WITH player numbers slightly below average the Gayndah mixed 10 and over team was still able to field a full side for its most recent game against Mundubbera.

Team mentor David Shepherd was on the sidelines for the game.

"We are a bit light on numbers at the moment," Mr Shepherd said

"Total player numbers are lower than usual."

The latest round was the last of the two way meets from the four to five games played each season.

The ages in each team are mixed and range from 10-year-olds to 17-year-olds but the mixing of age groups is seen as a positive.

"The age difference can make it tough but it also helps build experience and confidence in our players," Mr Shepherd said.

Club secretary Laine Collins believes that the social aspect of team sports is of the most importance.

"We are a family friendly club," Mrs Collins said

"Social fun is the aim of the game at our club."

Jacqueline Strong is one half of a twin's combo that plays for Gayndah and has played soccer for as long as she can remember.

"If you never give up you can succeed," Miss Strong said

"And I enjoy playing against the boys and showing them up when I can."

The season typically revolves around the school term schedule and generally kicks off just after Easter each year.

Mrs Collins hopes to grow the numbers back to where they were by next season.

"We are focused more on being a social sports club and that means we will have lower fees for next season."


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