Rockhampton the big winner in popular touch carnival
MICK Callow says the Red Rooster Junior Touch Carnival is a "good news story" for Rockhampton.
And the story continues to develop, with the annual carnival this year attracting a record 124 teams.
Callow, president of Rockhampton Junior Touch, is thrilled to be associated with the carnival, which is now recognised as one of the biggest junior touch events in regional Australia.
"It was a huge weekend," he said yesterday.
"It's a marvellous event in that it gets kids out there playing the game.
"Being a participation carnival, every team gets to play in a final and there is just as much excitement in the Division 1 final as there is in the Division 5 final."
More than 360 games of touch were played at the Cyril Connell Touch Fields over the course of the carnival.
Callow said a highlight was the 17 Boys Division 1 final between Rockhampton teams Care Bears and Rebels.
Care Bears won 4-2, with Harry Griffin named player of the final.
"This is a long-time rivalry," Callow said. "It has continued all the way through the ranks.
"These are two really competitive sides and it was a great game."
Callow said as well as generating entertainment on the fields, the carnival also generated valuable dollars for the Rockhampton economy.
"Rockhampton is the big beneficiary, with the economy getting a real boost from a carnival this big," he said.
"It's a good news story for the city, especially after the cyclone."