Stealing kids' AFL jerseys a low act
HOW low can you go?
What could thieves who stole two dozen under-14 AFL uniforms from the Tweed Coolangatta Junior AFL changing rooms have been thinking?
Fortunately, the jumpers, which vanished some time after Tuesday night's training, were relocated on Thursday, much to the delight of the entire squad.
“This was an incredibly low act, and it's disappointing that people could stoop so low as to steal a junior side's kit,” the Blues' Ian Fraser said.
“They had absolutely no use for the jumpers. These kids are kicking off their finals campaign next weekend and were going to have to play in makeshift kits.
“If the boys go on to win the final, it's tradition that they keep their jumpers as a memento of their wonderful achievement, but for a while it looked like they would miss out.
“Fortunately the person or people involved dispersed them somewhere they could be located.”
The jumpers were located by a Good Samaritan known only as 'Bob'.
“I just want to say another big thank you to Bob on behalf of the club,” Fraser said.
“It's good to know that such decent people exist, because incidents like this make you question what things are coming to sometimes.”
The jumpers were located along the Tweed River bank near Southern Cross University and the Tweed Hospital.
Bob spotted one of the jumpers on the ground and when he looked up was amazed to see a mass of jerseys hanging from a tree.
He recognised them as AFL jerseys and took them down to the Blues at Len Peak Oval.
“It was a great relief that somebody was able to find them,” Fraser said.
The under-14s contest their Gold Coast Junior AFL major semi-final next Saturday in Labrador.
It's been a huge year for the junior contingent of the club, with the under-12s also in the major semis next weekend, while the under-16s are set to play in an elimination semi-final in Southport this afternoon from 3pm.
One side that won't be tasting finals football is the Blues' senior side, slumped at the foot of the ladder, having all but secured the wooden spoon.
They will be out to restore some pride this afternoon how-ever, when they host Palm Beach Currumbin at Len Peak Oval at 2pm, in the last round of Pineapple Hotel Cup fixtures.