Duo in touch with footy

IN TWO days they will both be heading to New Zealand – but while Hervey Bay’s Sophie O’Toole and Lauren Scholl will be doing some sightseeing it won’t all be a holiday for the Xavier Catholic College students.

Both girls were selected to compete for their state in touch football after impressing selectors at the Sunshine Coast touch football carnival held in Maryborough in August.

The girls will fly to New Zealand on Monday.

O’Toole will be competing for the under-16 girls team and Scholl will compete for the under-14 side.

Over six days the girls will compete in a handful of games and they are hoping to do themselves and their state proud.

O’Toole has been competing in touch football since she was 12 and loves the competitive nature of the sport.

Neither girl has been to New Zealand before.

O’Toole has travelled to Bali but this will be Scholl’s first overseas trip and both girls are excited by the prospect of visiting New Zealand.

Between games they will have the opportunity to go sightseeing but making their respective Queensland sides is what both are most thrilled about.

“It’s the biggest team I’ve made,” O’Toole said.

Scholl said it was great to be selected for the under-14 team.

“I’m pretty excited,” she said.

Today the touch football action will continue in the Wide Bay with the Wide Bay Junior Championships being held at Gympie.

Teams from Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Childers, Gayndah, Gympie and Kingaroy will be competing.

About 25 teams will compete in the event.



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