TEAMS: The Central Queensland and PNG players after Saturday's game.
TEAMS: The Central Queensland and PNG players after Saturday's game. CONTRIBUTED

Kookaburras laughing after unbeaten run at Qld titles

AUSSIE RULES: Central Queensland has gone through unbeaten in the inaugural Queensland under-17 girls championships in Brisbane.

The Kookaburras finished on top of their division after winning their three round games - 61-12 against Northern Rivers, 107-3 against Darling Downs and 38-12 against PNG.

They then met North Queensland in their crossover game yesterday, which they also won 36-18.

Fifteen members of the 23-strong CQ squad were named in the Gold Coast Suns Talent Academy at the end of the four-day championships.

They will vie for selection to the Academy squad which will next year play against equivalent teams from the Brisbane Lions, the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney.

CQ captain Lauren Bella from Mackay won the coach's award, while teammate Sara-Jane O'Grady from Rockhampton was judged the team's 'player of the carnival'.

Coach Michael Rose said it was a great effort from his charges, who had not trained or played together before the championships started on Thursday.

"I think the biggest thing was the unity we built in a short time,” he said.

"The girls all played as a team right from the start which was very pleasing. They supported each other and communicated well.

"The win over Darling Downs was a good one but probably the most impressive was the victory over Northern Rivers because it was the first time they'd played together.”

The Kookaburras comprised players from Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton regions and included six members of The Cathedral College team which the week before had won the AFL Queensland Schools Cup.

Rose was also the coach of the triumphant TCC team and can boast of not having lost a game of female footy that he's coached this year.



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