Kellyville Gumps no chumps

THE origin of the expression "gump" is lost in the mists of Kellyville Soccer Club.

"It's an expression around Kellyville," said the club's soccer coach Dave Dawson.

"I've been giving out a gump-of-the-week award."

Well, they can sort the gumps from the forest at Foster/Tuncurry now.

The Kellyville Gumps are feted up that way.

They've won the 21st Great Lakes United Viking Challenge six-a-side tournament.

And if that doesn't register . . . well, it's a big deal up the coast.

More than 120 teams from Queensland and NSW travelled to compete, and the winner's reward was glory and $4000.

Here's a local report on the final.

"The men's A Division final was contested between past champions Dubbo Bulls and newcomers the Gumps, from Kellyville in Sydney.

"The crowd has been used to watching Dubbo dominate better credentialled sides in past finals and was expecting a very tough physical contest.

"An early goal was scored by the Gumps and that seemed to turn the tide.

"The Gumps kept up the pressure and just kept scoring. The final score, the highest ever in a men's final, was 5-1."

Said coach Dawson: "It was our second year in the tournament.

"Last year we hired a bus and this year we car-pooled.

"Most of the teams take it very seriously, with no drinking.

"We played eight games in two days, 14 minutes a half.

"Matthew Pritchard played every minute and was probably my man of the match."

Kellyville fielded two teams, with both a mixture of firsts and reserves.

Dawson said the amount of running in the six-a-side game meant this weekend's premier league opening round might seem a snack in comparison.

These Gumps are goers. They won both first and reserve grade in the Granville district competition last season, earning the Challenge Shield.

Now their biggest challenge is deciding how to divvy up the $4000; whether to share it among themselves, or put it towards the club or end-of-season trip.

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