Australian representatives trigger carnival victories
CLASS performances from Australian representatives Tamika Upton and Damon Moore saw the pair's sides claim the top honours at the annual Red Rooster Carnival.
Upton starred as a youthful Emmaus team - featuring only four team members from the school's all-conquering All Schools team - upstaged Mackay 16s 6-2 in the 17 year girls division one grand final at Cyril Connell Touch Fields yesterday.
Teams from across the region headed to Rockhampton's home of touch football to take part in the annual carnival, which featured nearly 350 matches during the two days. The Emmaus College Year 12 student bagged a hat-trick as Emmaus won their second consecutive 17 girls title.
In searing conditions, Upton looked ice cool as the Australian under-20 and open women's squad member turned a 4-2 halftime into a comfortable four touchdown win.
Moore turned up the heat in the 17 year boys division one grand final as he and a handful of fellow state reps orchestrated a second half blitz which saw Whack City Brothers defeat Care Bears 5-3 after the scores were tied 2-2 at halftime.
Moore, Glenmore State High student Alex Western and Malcolm Kenny were the team's chief playmakers as the side surged ahead.
Moore broke the deadlock early in the second half with a deft inside pass to Jayden Wheatley before Gladstone's Josh Hughes took an intercept which set up a Brandon Barnes try shortly after. Care Bears didn't lie down with Queensland under-16 representatives Blake Moore, Harrison Griffin, Corey Findlay and Luke O'Brien leading the way as their side tried to stay in the contest.
Credit must go to the officials, coaching staff, the referees - some who refereed 20 matches during the carnival - and the hundreds of players who braved the heat during the two days.
See more results and photos in Junior Sport on Wednesday.
2015 RED ROOSTER CARNIVAL Division 1 WINNERS
10: Mackay 7 def Tropical Sundays 1
12: Gladstone 4 def Hornets 0
14: Balas 3 def Buckaneers 2
17: Emmaus 6 def Mackay 16s 2
10: Magpies Black 3 def Gladstone 1
12: High Voltage 4 def Mackay 1
14: Hornets 4 def Mackay B 3
17: Whack City Bros 5 def Care Bears 3