Gladiators come out on top
Strength a reflection of community
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gayndah Gladiator Stuart Kirk believes the strength of the team reflects the strength of the Gayndah community.
Commended by North Burnett councillor John Zahl for lifting the spirits of locals, the Gladiators
❝ Hopefully this year, with the change to an 11-a-side team which brings Monto back in the comp, we can keep our momentum. — Gavin Berrie
received the Senior Sports Award at Gayndah’s Australia Day celebrations at the weekend.
After a 34-year title drought, the Gayndah Gladiators became back-to-back premiers last season.
“Previous to this, the team last won a premiership in the mid-1980s and for those of us who follow rugby league that is a very long time ago,” Cr Zahl said.
“To win successive premierships in the competition after such a long period of time is a substantial achievement.
“Apart from being a great community event, this win has lifted the spirits of local supporters and given younger players the confidence to push on.”
Kirk said it took a collaborative community effort to get the wins.
“But Rob, Spook and Gav are the backbone,” he said.
“We’ve won two years in a row and we’re going to make it three.”
The wins didn’t come without overcoming adversity first.
“We got off to a pretty rough start of the 2018 season and with the backing of our town, and great sponsors, we’ve come through and done it again,” Gayndah Gladiators president Gavin Berrie said.
“Hopefully this year, with the change to an 11-a-side team which brings Monto back in the comp, we can keep our momentum and have another really good year.”
ON THE BALL: Gayndah Gladiators football team with the Senior Sports Award at Gayndah's 2019 Australia Day celebrations.