Carnival adds touch of excitement for region's juniors
ONE hundred and 28 teams, 260 matches, 12 fields, eight winners and more than 1000 smiles.
It all adds up to another successful Red Rooster Junior Carnival, and an exhausting weekend for Rockhampton Touch Association administrator Denise Edwards and the referees, coaches, and players involved.
"I'm very, very tired," Denise said yesterday after the completion of the finals.
"It's great. It's very satisfying when your aim is to give the kids as much of an opportunity as you can to play touch football and that's what we've done."
Teams from throughout Central Queensland converged on Rockhampton's Cyril Connell Touch Fields on the weekend to take part in the annual carnival.
Edwards said the 2013 edition was by far the biggest and the most successful held.
"It was very successful. It was very hot, but everything went very smoothly (and) we had 128 teams - that's definitely a record," she said.
"It's up by about 30 teams from last year."
While the event has proved attractive to boys and girls aged from under-10 to 17, Edwards said she thought it was closing in on it's limit.
"The only way we could accommodate for more teams would be to play it at night, but not all of the fields have lighting so I think we're pretty close."
With the players able to decide on their team names, Edwards wasn't surprised to see the likes of Whack City Bros, Jamaican Hopscotch Mafia, Pink Fluffy Monsters, Those Awesome Chicks and Untouchables - fitting for a touch football tournament.
See more photos in The Bully's Junior Sport on Wednesday.
Red Rooster Carnival
Cyril Connell Touch Fields on Saturday and Sunday
Division One winners
17 girls - Green 4 def Grammar 0
17 boys - Whack City Bros 5 def Rebels 1
14 girls - Mackay Diamonds 3 def Magpies M 1
14 boys - Jamaican Hopscotch Mafia 4 def
12 girls - Mackay 6 def Mackay White 0
12 boys - High Voltage 3 def Magpies Blindsiders 2
10 girls - Gladstone 1 def Mackay 1
10 boys - High Voltage 5 def Hornets 2