Being the best in Qld rewards loyal supporters
PROUD Western Pride patron Gary Wilkins didn't expect the Ipswich-based team to be celebrating a grand final success after just five years in the state league.
However, after watching the team's development this year, the amazing season finish wasn't unexpected.
"I did have an inclination halfway through the season,'' the former international player said.
"The boys have been playing some wonderful football.
"The football tonight wasn't as good as what they have played but it was a typical grand final and they battled it out until the end.
"And Dylan's winning goal was magnificent.''
"It's different when you're a player because you can get out and do something about it,'' the loyal spectator said.
Pride team manager Darryl Christensen has also been with the senior side since day one in 2013 when former international footballer Kasey Wehrman was head coach.
"It is good for the city. It's a Queensland competition. I don't think a lot of people realise that,'' Christensen said.
"We actually go to Cairns and Townsville and all over the state.''
Christensen said the work of all the coaching and support team was incredible.
"I just fill the water bottles. I've got the easy job,'' the modest manager said.
"I'm over the moon.''