Tears flow as Revolution teams toast successes
IT'S been a bumpy ride from optimism to realism.
Long road trips, regular thrashings, dips in consistency - such struggles are hardly unusual for a club starting from scratch and learning to play in the big smoke for the first time.
The opening eight weeks of the National Premier League competition have been used to produce a dossier of lessons learned and experiences gained.
But for most of Wide Bay Revolution's teams on Sunday, it was a time to celebrate.
The Revolution enjoyed easily its best success since its entry into the competition with five of its 10 teams claiming wins in round nine, while its under-14 girls' team drew 1-all with Moreton Bay.
For the U14 and U15 boys' teams it was their first victory.
The scenes after the U14 team's victory were euphoric and emotional with some parents shedding tears after watching the Revolution boot three goals in the last 10 minutes to snatch a remarkable 6-5 over the Western Pride.
Revolution technical director Bill Mitchell praised all the players for not losing faith.
"Everything we've been working on at training and what we've been asking them to do is starting to click into place," he said.
"The team's requirements, the game sense; they're now completing those tasks.
"At the beginning, the players were a bit shell-shocked by the standard they were up against, but they had to realise those teams had been in a full-time competition the last four or five years so we were a little bit behind.
"They now have the belief they are as good as some of the teams we're team playing against and can perform at that level."
While some of the Revolution's boys' teams notched up their first wins of the season, the club's girls' teams have been flying the club flag proudly for a number of weeks now.
The U13 girls smashed Redlands 6-0 on Sunday to move into third spot on the ladder, while the U14 and U18 sit in fourth.
"Right from the start of the season our girls' teams have been competitive," Mitchell said.
"The standard of the girls is very high and we're happy with the way they are performing.
"We don't want to put a lot of expectation on them, but we really believe they can make the top four, which would be a great effort in our first season."