Touch football players L-R Lauren Cavanagh (14), Leisa Gill (14) and Hayley Smith (14) are ready for this weekend's junior Touch Football Carnival. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Touch football players L-R Lauren Cavanagh (14), Leisa Gill (14) and Hayley Smith (14) are ready for this weekend's junior Touch Football Carnival. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Magpies hungry to participate in Red Rooster touch carnival

LAUREN Cavanagh and her Magpies team-mates hope to go one better at this weekend's Rockhampton Junior Touch Red Rooster Carnival.

The under-14 girls team was pipped by Mackay in the 2013 grand final but is determined to reverse that result this year.

"Hopefully we can get a win this year but we've got a few tough teams," Cavanagh said during a training session this week.

A total of 120 teams have registered for the annual carnival, which is contested by boys and girls in the under-10, 12, 14 and 17 age groups.

The Cyril Connell Touch Fields will be a hive of activity, with games starting at 10am tomorrow and 8am on Sunday. The finals will be played from 1pm Sunday.

Rockhampton Junior Touch president Mick Callow said he was expecting some high-quality touch, with a number of Queensland representatives on show.

The Capricorn Coast will be well represented with 14 teams and competitors will also travel from centres including Blackwater, Tambo, Mackay and Gladstone.

"Originally, it was a one-day event but we had to go to two because of numbers," Callow explained.

"We're expecting up to 3000 people here for the weekend, which is really good for Rockhampton city too."

Callow said Mackay should fare well again after taking out a number of divisions last year but he said they could expect some tough opposition from Rockhampton teams, including the Magpies and Buccaneers.

In the under-17 division, he expected Emmaus College, Buccaneers and The Cathedral College to be in the grand final mix.

IN ACTION

WHAT: Rockhampton Junior Touch Red Rooster Carnival

WHEN: Tomorrow from 10am, Sunday from 8am

WHERE: Cyril Connell Touch Fields, North Rockhampton



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