And that’s a wrap for the Toowoomba Community Football All Day Carnival for 2022!!!
This year’s Carnival was held on Saturday 2 April 2022 at Captain Cook Ovals. Toowoomba turned on a lovely autumn day, with the sun shining and clear blue skies, welcoming 10 teams all competing to become TCF 2022 All Day Carnival Champions.
The competition was fierce, the atmosphere was social and jovial, and there was an undeniable buzz around the ground. The essence of the day was captured by Bek who we are grateful for taking on the duty of Carnival photographer again – thanks Bek. With thanks to our food / drink suppliers, 2nd Shot and Wilsonton Lions Club, all players and spectators were kept well fed and caffeinated throughout the day. Almost all teams made the most of the glorious weather and took the opportunity to set themselves up and settle in for the day, soaking up the atmosphere. The weather was also kind enough to allow families and kids to come out and enjoy the day, and thanks to Paul from Raiders, the kids were able to enjoy kicking a football in the little kids pitch that was set up on the ground.
A special thanks must also go to Optus Darling Downs for supporting our Carnival again this year. Optus are a great supporter of regional football and it was great to have them along. The bright yellow Optus balloons were a hit with the kids, as was the FIFA and gift bags handed out through the day.
And, there was of course some football played! What a great, competitive day of footballing action it was. Kicking off at 8:30am, and the final match finishing at 2:30pm, it was a jam-packed day with a total of 25 matches played (which our 5 wonderful referees were kept busy running between all day – thanks guys!). There were over 50 goals scored, just as many great saves, and more than 100 players taking part, representing many church groups, community groups and ethnic groups across our Toowoomba community.
The finals were hotly contested, with 2 out of the 5 finals matches requiring extra time, and one even 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 24 matches, it came down to All Nations and Champions progressing to the Grand Final. With many teams hanging around to enjoy the afternoon and watch the Grand Final, as well as many other spectators cheering both teams on, the spirit of the Carnival really shone through as both teams battled for the title of TCF 2022 All Day Carnival Champions. After a tense and hard fought 20 minutes and plenty of chances for both teams, Champions took their opportunities and ran out 1-0 winners.
Congratulations to Champions who were crowned as TCF 2022 All Day Carnival Champions, and also to All Nations and every other team for competing in what was a fun filled, spirit filled day of 7-a-side football.
A final special thanks to all our wonderful supporters – Optus Darling Downs, 2nd Shot and Wilsonton Lions Club. We are so pleased 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 referees, the spectators, the families, the TCF family – for making this a day to remember!
Until next year.