Sport

Young sporting pair have the Midas touch

Lilly Peachey and Sophie Duff made the under-12 Central Queensland touch football state side.
Lilly Peachey and Sophie Duff made the under-12 Central Queensland touch football state side. Luka Kauzlaric

TWO Gladstone girls have the Midas touch.

Sophie Duff and Lilly Peachey were selected for the central Queensland under-12 touch football team CQ Bulls after putting in a sterling performance at tryouts recently.

The duo went away for a three-day Junior State Championships carnival at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast and were selected along with two other girls from central Queensland.

"I went to a carnival earlier and I learnt from that," Sophie said. "I learnt from all the girls that were selected."

One of the biggest tricks she learnt was running from dummy half.

"In touch football, you're not allowed to score if you're dummy half," Sophie said.

"You have to run through people who are often offside and if someone backs you up you pass and hope they score.

"I used that a fair bit and set up a few tries. That's probably why I was noticed.

Sophie has been playing since she was six years old.

"My brother played and I wanted to give it a go, to do what he did. When I saw him play I wanted to do it.

"Lilly is a really close friend and she's in all of my teams. I love playing with my friends."

Lilly plays as a defender.

"The most important part is stepping up as a unit," she said.

She said she liked playing with her friends, particularly Sophie.

"We work well together as a team, have a good understanding of each other and we always back each other up," she said.

"I want to say thanks to my assistant coach Kevin Cridland and coach Gavin Shuker."

Sophie Duff said she learnt a lot from watching others play.

"My dad has been teaching me how to step too," she said.

Sophie and Lilly play at the Gladstone touch fields in a mixed team called Toxic.

"Everyone has different types of skills; there are the fast ones, the "steppy" ones and the people who back you," Sophie said.

"If you put all the skills together you can make a great team."

One of Sophie's attributes is speed and if she gets away she's often hard to catch.

"My goal is to make Queensland for schoolgirls next year and to make Queensland from the same carnival next year," she said.

"It's a really good sport for your fitness.

"You do a lot of running around and it is great for your hand eye co-ordination."

The under-12 Queensland team is a merit team and there won't be any games played, but the girls chosen received a shirt.

The under-14 players are the first to go away to play in a carnival.

Topics:  central queensland, gladstone sport, junior sport, touch football



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