Under-12 touch team takes title in sudden death extra time
GLADSTONE'S touch football program has been given a massive boost in amazing style, with the under-12 girls' team winning the Central Queensland Championships in Bundaberg last month.
It took 12 minutes of a drop-off sudden death extra time to separate the two finalists, with Gladstone finally downing Rockhampton with the only try of the match.
Not only did the 1-0 win give Gladstone the title, five members of the team were chosen in the under-12 girls' CQ Bulls team.
"It might be the first time Gladstone has won a CQ title, or at least the first in a long, long time," representative coach Luke Peachey said.
The match lasted well beyond all the other finals matches of the day, drawing in a massive crowd to take in what ended up being a three-on-three showdown.
Peachey said the team deserved the win, only letting in one try all weekend at the titles and not losing a match.
It is also an indication Gladstone's junior touch is heading in the right direction, with eight players selected in Bulls sides as well as eight shadows across five age groups.
"It is indicative of where we are trying to go with Gladstone touch, making it a sport not played as a back-up but as their main sport," Peachey said.
"If people are interested it is played every Monday from 4pm at Briffney Creek fields."
Gladstone's Central Queensland Bulls
- Under-12 girls: Lilly Peachey, Sophie Duff, Abby Dendle, Georgie Hare, Ashley Hare (shadows: Charlie Rose, Amy Kane)
- Under-12 boys: Laine Power (shadows: Jack Neucom, Blake Vincent)
- Under-14 girls: Sydney Blake (shadows: Hannah Slaughter)
- Under-14 boys: Tallis Stanhope (shadows: Brad Hansen)
- Under-16 boys: Shadows: Daniel Larose, Eli Noovao