Victory the perfect warm-up

ROCKHAMPTON'S Tamika Upton warmed up to represent the state in New Zealand this week with a player-of-the-match performance in the Rockhampton women's A-grade grand final on Wednesday.

The 14-year-old guided the Buckaneers Red side to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Assassins in their final clash at Rockhampton Touch Association's Cyril Connell fields.

It really was a family affair, with Tamika's older sister Sharni playing in the side and mum, Traci, coaching.

"Mum was meant to be playing but she hurt herself, which was a shame," said Upton.

She said all the members on the team worked hard for the result.

The Upton women yesterday left for New Zealand where both Tamika, under-14s, and Sharni, under- 16s, will represent Queensland this week.

In A-grade men's action, Dan Withers stormed into the decider against Bulldogs after defeating them 9-3 in the preliminary final showdown. The final saw Buckaneers defeat Bulldogs with a hard-fought 8-6 victory.

Association administrator Denise Edwards said Lachlan Hoch and Courtney Williams played well all year and were named A-grade's players of the season in the men's and women's divisions respectively.

Assassins took on the Buckaneers A-grade mixed side in their grand final match on Monday, with the Buckaneers going down 7-6.

The 2012 winter season will start the week of Monday, February 27.

The winners

Results from Rockhampton Touch Association A-grade finals last week were:

Men: Buckaneers d Bulldogs 8-6;

Women: Buckaneers Red d Assassins 3-2;

Mixed: Assassins d Buckaneers 7-6.