Bay duo in league of great players
TWO HERVEY Bay teenagers have a real touch of class about them.
They wouldn’t have been selected to play in the National Touch League if they didn’t.
Xavier College students Sophie O’Toole and Mitchell Broom will play for the Sunshine Coast in the National Touch League, the pinnacle of the sport in Australia, to be played at Kawana’s Stockland Park on March 10-13.
The National Touch League will be contested by the 18 regions that make up the sport from throughout the country.
O’Toole will be in action for the women’s under 20 team while Broom will play for the open men’s team.
Not a bad effort from either of them when you consider how young they both are – O’Toole has only just turned 15 while Broom is 16.
O’Toole, who has been playing the game for just four years, held off the challenge of 44 other girls to make the 15-strong team after two lots of trials at Caboolture.
Not surprisingly, O’Toole said she was thrilled with her selection.
“It’s as though Christmas has come early for me – it’s a great present,” O’Toole, a Hervey Bay and Wide Bay representative, said.
“I was very surprised to get selected in the team because I only really went to the trials for the experience so to get picked came as a fantastic surprise.
“I am really excited.”
Broom is just as happy about his call-up but he’s no stranger to playing for the Sunshine Coast.
A Queensland soccer representative last year, Broom has played for Sunshine Coast in the National Youth Championships, the under 16 team and the open men’s team already this year.
Broom, who is the youngest player in the open men’s team, said he was looking forward to playing in the National Touch League.
“It will be such a great experience playing with and against some of the best players in the business,” Broom, who has played touch for six years, said.
“In my team there are a couple of Australian open representatives and some youth players – it’s a quality team so I can tell you that I am real happy to be part of it.”
Gary Madders from the Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett District Touch Association said both youngsters deserved their selections.
“They have both improved out of sight in the past 12 months and have worked hard to get their chance,” he said.