Bay to host Touch Championships
HERVEY Bay Touch Association will face its biggest challenge yet when it hosts the Sunshine Coast, Fraser and Burnett Junior Development Championships today.
It will be the first event the club has held – and they aren’t starting small, with more than 600 kids and 50 teams expected to compete today.
Hervey Bay will have teams in all divisions – 13 in total – while Maryborough will field four teams on the day.
For the under-12, under-14 and under-16 sides, there will be even more than a trophy to play for – the players will also be striving for selection in the Queensland Junior State Championships, which will be held in Maryborough in August.
Several Fraser Coast players will be right in the running for selection, with Mitchell Broom, playing for the under-18 Hervey Bay, side a strong contender, along with Hervey Bay’s Tom Freshwater.
Hervey Bay’s Sophie O’Toole will also be pressing for selection throughout the year but won’t get the opportunity to show what she can do today after breaking her collarbone three weeks ago.
O’Toole will now be fighting to be fit for the start of the National Touch League, which kicks off next month.
Both she and Freshwater will be playing for the under-20 sides in the league.
Broom, a Sunshine Coast under-20 representative, will also compete in that event in the mens Open side.
There will also be plenty of talented players from other cities showing what they can do during the championship.
With 12 fields operating at Hervey Bay’s hockey and soccer grounds in Tavistock Street, there will be plenty of action to watch.
Organiser Gary Madders said the day would be great for touch football in Hervey Bay and a lot of fun for those participating.
The games will go for 30 minutes in total.
“There’ll be some exhausted kids by the end of the day.”
With plenty of people arriving last night, Madders said the event would also be a small boon for the local economy.
He also said Hervey Bay was proving to be a terrific place to host the championships, with terrific facilities that will make playing a pleasure.
The day will start about 8.30am and will finish about 5pm with trophy presentations starting at the conclusion of play.