How the Junior State Cup's young guns steal the spotlight
MUCH is made of the Junior State Cup's oldest players' skill sets but the young guns could steal the show.
The event's youngest and most populated age groups have put on some of the most entertaining games in the competition.
While many of the players' ages might still be single digits, it is the perfect opportunity for the youngsters to showcase their natural ability.
Bundaberg's Preston Walsh has been one of many star performers.
Preston is a guiding light in the Rum City's 10 Boys team. He boasts a lethal step, unmatched agility, vision beyond his years and has plenty of speed to burn.
The agile playmaker is still young, though Bundaberg coach Ainsley Driver said he believed Preston has the potential to develop into a professional football player.
"I think young Preston could go far with his football career if he keeps chasing it," Driver said.
"He showed really good promise and really good vision in that first slot (against Chinchilla)."
The same could be said of many players from the 52 under-10s teams (27 boys teams and 25 girls).
Touch football is widely recognised as a launching pad to some of the country's best footballers.
Former NRL star Scott Prince was heavily involved in touch football before he played 300 NRL games, five State of Origin games for Queensland and four games for Australia.
The former halfback, who is in Hervey Bay as not only the Queensland Touch event's official ambassador but as a parent, began his touch football career as an 11-year-old in Mt Isa.
Prince, who played for North Queensland Cowboys, Brisbane Broncos, Wests Tigers and the Gold Coast Titans in his 15-year career, returned to representative touch football after his retirement from the NRL.
The 10 Boys and Girls teams will play their remaining games on Fields 10-14, and 16 from 8am today.
The 10 Boys final is at 2.15pm with the Girls final to start at 2.55pm. Both games will be played on Field 13.