Gayndah to take on the World

Gayndah and The Rest of the World soccer teams.
Gayndah and The Rest of the World soccer teams. Shirley Way

GAYNDAH might be a die-hard rugby league town but this weekend locals will be playing the world game as a way to welcome new arrivals.

Community members and business owners will be playing a team of the best fruit pickers and backpackers in Gayndah vs The World this Saturday.

North Burnett Councillor Jo Dowling said the match was created to make sure backpackers and temporary workers felt they were part of the community.

"They are here but they don't really know everyone," Mrs Dowling said.

"And we have more of a European backpacker population so we decided to go with a soccer game."

GAME ON: Andrew Goldie and a team of locals will take on a team of tourists.
GAME ON: Andrew Goldie and a team of locals will take on a team of tourists. Barclay White

Gayndah captain Andrew Goldie said he was more than happy to represent the local team but questioned how well they would go on the field.

"We had to put together an Australian team so we got a few of the local boys and some like me haven't played soccer in a while," Mr Goldie said.

"And some haven't played before at all."

But the team has been brushing up on whatever skills they have before this weekend's game.

Mr Goldie said even if his team lost, it was always exciting to see the skills of some of Gayndah's temporary residents.

"When the backpackers play it, it's a beautiful game," he said.

But he said the success of the game wouldn't be measured by the goals won but by the bonds made during the game.

"I think their parents in Europe would want to know their kids are being looked after whilst they are here," he said.

Gayndah vs The World kicks off at Gayndah Sportsgrounds on Saturday, May 9 at 6pm.

Topics:  backpackers football fruit pickers north burnett soccer

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