Five Rockhampton touch footballers join U15s state squad
ROCKHAMPTON is a hot bed of touch footy talent. And testament to this is the under-15 Queensland Schoolboys team selected to compete over the nine-day Pacific School Games in Adelaide, starting on Sunday.
Of the 14 boys in the state squad, five are from Rocky; Lachlan Crow (Emmaus), Baillie List (Emmaus), Aaron Moore (RGS), Liam Grant (TCC) and Tom Farr (TCC).
Not only do the Rocky players make up more than a third of the Queensland team, but their coach is from Rocky. Phil Gyemore will coach the side and his credentials are impeccable. The Queensland Outlaws coach is a former Australian Open Men's Touch Football mentor.
And he has an exceptionally strong squad on his hands.
"The Queensland team won last year and we think we have a pretty good chance of repeating that this year," List said.
We will play 12 games to make the final and I think we will get there. We have few days where we play two games in a day, so it's going to be case of proper recovery to avoid fatigue in the second game."
Liam Grant is no stranger to representative touch teams, having played for his state in under-16s selected from club touch football.
And he agrees this team could be something special.
"I think we will go all the way," Grant said.
"We have had three training camps over the last couple of months and we have come together as a really strong team."
Likewise, Tom Farr knows all about rep footy, having played in the state under 14s touch team as well as the Queensland Schoolboys league side, as a centre.
"We are about eight out of 10 at the moment," Farr said.
"But we will be hitting 10 out of 10 by the finals."
Farr said that touch football involves fast thinking just as much as fast foot work.
"You have to be pretty smart," Farr said.
"You have to know when to jam in and when to stay out. It's very technical.
"If you jam in when defending at the wrong time it messes up your defence and can create an overlap.
"But when you jam in at the right time it shuts the opposition attack down."
Both Aaron Moore and Lachlan Crow are specialist middle savers.
Their job is to protect the middle of the field and back up their links and wingers, in both attack and defence.
"If someone gets stepped in the inside we are there to make the touch," Moore said.
"You have to be to communicate to your teammates," Crow added.
"I do a fair bit of talking out on the field."