Carnival puts hundreds on touch fields
A SWARM of 700 children will scramble their way onto the Cyril Connell Touch Fields on Sunday for the annual Red Rooster Touch Football Carnival.
The massive total of 55 teams from Gladstone, Biloela, Emerald, Blackwater, Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton will band together in the name of “fun”,“participation” and “footy”.
The teams stretch from divisions of under 12 boys and girls, under 14 boys and girls and under 16 boys and girls.
Administrator of the event Denise Edwards said the carnival was one of the biggest junior carnivals for the south-east corner.
But she said it was all about opportunity and fun rather than a fierce competition.
“It is just a junior carnival that focuses on participation and the enjoyment of the sport,” she said.
The day was organised in a way that each team and every player was able to play the same amount of games, Edwards said.
“If a team loses they just go down in a division so every team gets a final,” she said.
“It gives the kids an opportunity to have a carnival, have fun and play games - with some prizes and awards.”
Edwards said the Rockhampton teams generally did well in this event and were expected to push through the carnival with good scores.
Leading up to the Red Rooster Carnival, 150 local junior players were able to attend the junior development day at the Cyril Connell Fields.
The day was not a representative day but instead an opportunity to give the children expert coaching and training.
Edwards said the development day gave kids from ages six to 15 training from experienced older players and coaches.
The Red Rooster Carnival will kick-off at 8.30am and continue through to about 4pm.