Sam Lohse and his team mates are off to compete at the Queensland Junior Oz Tag State Championships on the weekend. He is pictured here during a final training session. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Sam Lohse and his team mates are off to compete at the Queensland Junior Oz Tag State Championships on the weekend. He is pictured here during a final training session. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Cyclones keen to stir up storm at Sunshine Coast on weekend

LOOK out Sunshine Coast, there's four cyclones coming for you.

While the northern part of the state braces as Cyclone Dylan looms, Rockhampton's top junior OzTag players hope to put their opposition teams in a spin when they run out on to the field today.

The Rockhampton Cyclones OzTag teams headed for Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast yesterday ahead of today's 2014 Junior State Cup at Stockland Park.

After floods halted their chance of attending the tournament last year, Rockhampton is fielding teams in the under-11, U12 and U14 boys divisions.

There also will be an U14 girls team performing at the tournament this weekend.

"It's a massive carnival. We're looking forward to it, especially after missing out on going last year," U14 boys coach Charlie Beresford said of the tournament, which has attracted 147 teams from U10s to U15s.

"We've got a pretty handy side," he said.

"We've got some good ball players in the middle and a bit of speed out wide.

"It'll be a good experience for the boys."

Each side will play up to six matches over the next three days.

The finals will be played on Sunday afternoon.

Leading the Rockhampton U14 boys team are co-captains Sam Lohse and Joshua Beresford.

In his second season of playing OzTag, the Emmaus College Year nine pair's talk and guidance on the field could be crucial to the Cyclones' chances this weekend.

The Cyclones' U14 boys team take on Central Queensland rivals Mackay at noon today before facing Maryborough, Maroochydore, Caloundra, Coolum and Mansfield in their remaining pool matches.

Rockhampton's sole girls team at the tournament, the U14 Cyclones, take on Moorooka in their first match at 1.10pm today.

OzTag JuniorState Cup

Today, tomorrow and Sunday at Stockland Park, Kawana Waters.

Rockhampton Cyclones under-11, 12 and 14 boys teams; and an U14 girls team are taking part in the annual tournament for the first time.



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