QLD touch titles in Maryborough
YOUNGSTERS from throughout the state will be hoping to show a touch of class when it comes to playing sport in Maryborough this weekend.
About 500 players will contest the two-day Queensland Junior State Touch Football Championships.
Teams representing the six Queensland touch regions will give it their all in under-12, 14 and 16 divisions in both boys and girls at the Maryborough Touch Association grounds in Sydney Street.
Play starts at 8am today.
No players from the host association will be in action, but 12 from Hervey Bay will be.
They will be playing in various age groups for the Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett District Touch Association. Apart from the Hervey Bay contingent, the Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett District Touch Association line-ups will include players from Caboolture north to Childers and west to Gayndah and Kingaroy.
Gary Madders from the Sunshine Coast Fraser and Burnett District Touch Association said if it was quality touch people wanted to see played then he knew just they place to go.
“You cannot go past these titles,” Madders said.
“Some of the best young players in the country are going to be playing – it doesn't get any better than watching them play.
“I can tell you that I wouldn't miss this opportunity.”
As for his tip as to who would be crowned champions, Madders didn't waste any time answering.
“South Queensland and Border Districts Sharks are the current state champions and they will be the teams to beat again his year.
“As for us, well, we finished second last year and are looking to improve on that this time around and I am sure we will.”
But it won't only be gold up for grabs in two divisions in the titles.
Queensland selectors will pick teams to tour New Zealand later this year in both boys and girls under-14 and 16.