ADC Wrap Up!

And that’s a wrap for the Toowoomba Community Football All Day Carnival for 2021!!!

This year’s Carnival was held on Saturday 26 June 2021 at Kearneys Spring. Despite Mother Nature doing her best to spoil a great day and providing us all a typical dreary, drizzly, cold Toowoomba winter day, 15 teams competed in what proved to be our biggest and best All Day Carnival ever!

The competition was fierce, the atmosphere was social and jovial, and the buzz around the ground certainly made up for the overcast skies. With thanks to our food / drink suppliers, 2nd Shot, Wilsonton Lions Club and Westridge Fruit and Veg, all players and spectators were kept well fed and caffeinated throughout the day. Most teams took the opportunity to set themselves up and settle in for the day, soaking up the atmosphere. Kids (and those willing adults) chose their character and had their faces painted thanks to Emma. And a special thanks also to Optus Darling Downs for supporting our Carnival. Optus are a great supporter of regional football and it was great to have them along (especially considering they kept many dry with their much-needed Optus ponchos!)

And then there was the football! What a great, competitive day of footballing action it was. Kicking off at 8am, and the final match finishing after 4:30pm, it was a jam-packed day with a total of 37 matches played (which our 4 wonderful referees were kept busy running between all day – thanks guys!). There were over 70 goals scored, just as many great saves, and more than 150 players taking part, representing many church groups, community groups and ethnic groups across our Toowoomba community.
The finals were hotly contested, with 4 out of the 7 finals matches needing a penalty shootout to split the teams. Just goes to show how tight these matches were and how hard each team fought for the win.

After 36 matches, it came down to the African Lions and Humeridge FC progressing to the Grand Final. With over 60 spectators cheering both teams on, the spirit of the Carnival really shone through as both teams battled for the title of TCF All Day Carnival Champions. Quite fittingly, these teams could not be split after regular time and extra time, and a penalty shootout was needed to decide the outcome. And this year, Humeridge FC prevailed to be crowned the TCF All Day Carnival 2021 Champions. Congratulations to Humeridge FC, but also to the African Lions and every other team for competing in what was a fun filled, spirit filled day of 7-a-side football.

And in a final piece of positive news, thanks to the TCF Community, we have together helped raise over $1,600 for the Cancer Council, which is a fantastic result! And, true to his word, given the $500 target was smashed, we all got to enjoy the blinding sight of Coordinator Mark’s multi-coloured hair all day! Thanks to Sophrosyne Hair and Beauty for their amazing support.

A final special thanks to all our wonderful supporters. Optus Darling Downs, 2nd Shot, Wilsonton Lions Club, Westridge Fruit and Veg, Konig’s Biergarten, Meringandan Hotel and Sophrosyne Hair and Beauty. We are so pumped to have you all on board to help us celebrate the awesomeness of community football in Toowoomba.

But most importantly, thanks to you – the players, the spectators, the families, the TCF family – for making this a day to remember!