Grand finals test club loyalty

ROCKHAMPTON junior touch football coach Lisa Ireland has a tough grand final to watch at Rockhampton's Cyril Connell Fields this week.

Ireland is coach of both the Caves Graduates and RPM05 teams ? the two teams that will play off for the 13 years girls final on Friday night.

This year's Rockhampton Touch Association grand finals will host close to 1000 players, with all teams involved in the 2005 competition in action for the final weekend of games.

Club loyalty will also be tested in the 10 years boys division one final when Magpies B and Magpies D battle for the premiership.

They are two of 20 Magpies teams that played in the 2005 season.

Rockhampton Touch Association president, and junior registrar, Jenny Walters believes the sport attracts such a large number of players because of its affordability, it tries to avoid crossovers with other sports and every team plays in a grand final.

After 10 rounds of games, with one week washed out, some teams will be facing each other for the first time this season ? especially in the 8 and 10 years division. The 8 years competition involves 23 teams.

The Friday night games start at 5.30pm with Emmaus Buckaneers favourites in the 15 years boys final while St Anthony's Crusaders are chasing another win over Magpies in the 13 years boys final.

Saturday's action hits the fields from 8am.

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