Touch players score gold at titles

YOUNG representatives have stomped their way through the National Touch Football Championships on the weekend and cleaned up gold medals and state pride.

Rockhampton touch football juniors have returned home from the championships in Adelaide with three gold medals in the under-12 girls and boys and under-15 boys.

Holly Norris from Frenchville, Breanna Donovan from Gracemere and Tamika Upton from Emerald were selected to play for the under-12 Queensland team.

The undefeated team faced NSW in the tight final game.

Queensland was down one nil at the first half but then picked themselves up to claim the gold at four points to two.

And it was Rocky's two local girls, Norris and Upton, that swept through the second half and secured a try each that claimed the shampionships.

The coach of the team, Rhonda Grehan, said the local girls played extremely well.

“We were the best team out of all the teams there,” she said.

“And to come back from that first half shows a lot of determination.”

The under-12 boys' team also proved its worth against the other states and collected the gold medal in its final against NSW at six points to five.

Despite Queensland winning the final game, it tied the championships with NSW as Queensland lost its earlier round game.

Cody-John Clark was Rockhampton's representative in the under-12 boys along with Mackay's Jye Del.

The under-12 boys' coach Bruce Hurford said Clark worked very hard in his position.

“He played the middle and he worked it very well.”

In the spirit of NSW versus Queensland, the two states also faced each other in the finals for the under-15 girls and boys.

Queensland secured its state pride again with the under-15 boys defeating NSW at eight points to five.

The team remained undefeated throughout the tournament with Rockhampton's only representative Lachlan Hoch.

The under-15 girls also took out the gold medal, but there was no local representative in the team.



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