Junior touch season ends with bang

YOUNG Guns are the kings of the Gladstone Junior Touch Association jungle after a convincing 10-2 win against Dragon Slayers in the A grade grand final on Monday.

Young Guns went into the decider as favourites and they justified that tag with a five-star display.

Chris Zwisler was the standout for the winners in a playerof-the-match display.

In a great end to another big junior touch season, the majority of grand finals were in the balance until the final whistle.

Trinity Tornadoz are the B grade champions after a nice 6-3 win over the Drama Queens.

Rat Bags got one up on the Exterminations winning 3-1 in C grade.

The Green Machine accounted for Central Coyotes 2-1 in D grade.

Trinity Tigers were victorious in E grade, defeating the Scalleywags 4-2 , while the Mighty Terminators scored a 4-2 win against the Little Ones in F grade.

Gladstone Junior Touch Association president Craig Wilson was rapt with the finish to a big year.

'All the grand finals were great games, the competition has been tremendous,' Wilson said.

'The level of play has been very good and our referees, who are also juniors, have been tremendous.

'We were lucky enough to get a visit from the state development officer Brent Chambers, who was very pleased with how strong the sport is in Gladstone.'

And things continue to go from strength to strength for the junior touch ranks, with next season seeing the introduction of the Austouch program for the first time.

Similar to the Auskick program for AFL, Austouch teaches young touch players the basics of the sport before exposing them to structured competition according to Wilson.

Next year's touch season kicks-off on Monday, February 6 and any interested teams or players can phone Craig on 0416 034 081.

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