South QLD win touch state titles
IF GARY Madders gives you a tip, make sure you back it.
The Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett District Touch Association official was right on the money with his prediction of who would be crowned the overall winners of the Queensland Junior State Touch Football Championships in Maryborough.
He tipped the South Queensland and Border Districts Sharks to win and win they did.
The defending champions showed their class as they held off the challenge from the five other Queensland touch regions to finish on top of the ladder after two days of competition at the Maryborough Touch Association grounds.
More than 500 youngsters contested under-12, 14 and 16 divisions for both boys and girls.
Maryborough had no players in the Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett District Touch Association line-up but 12 from Hervey Bay gave it their all.
They can be happy with their efforts.
The Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett District Touch Association finished second last 12 months ago – it finished third this time around.
It also reached three finals but had to settle for finishing as runners-up in all of them.
Madders said the Sunshine Coast teams which were made up of players from Caboolture north to Childers and west to Gayndah and Kingaroy as well as Hervey Bay, had performed well.
“Our goal was to improve on our finish last year and we did just that,” Madders said.
“We were also competitive across the board so that was great.”
But it wasn’t only the performances of the players which impressed Madders.
“The titles ran so smoothly – the Maryborough association can be very proud of the job they did in hosting the event,” he said