Gladstone player is MVP at nationals

Gladstone's Sophie Duff was the girl's MVP and Declan Sandiland the boys.
Gladstone's Sophie Duff was the girl's MVP and Declan Sandiland the boys. contributed

TOUCH: Sophie Duff has taken home a major honour at Touch Football Australia's National Youth Championships.

The Gladstone girl was named the CQ Bulls most valuable player in the under-18 team.

Hannah Slaughter was also in the regional team which ended up fifth at the competition, which included some of the most talented players in Australia.

It was a strong showing from the young team, made up of 15 and 16-year-olds.

They played against much older opponents but showed the future of touch in Gladstone is bright.

Richard Duff, Sophie's dad, was a very interested spectator at the Sunshine Coast carnival which finished at the weekend.

"It's the best competition that you can get for the U18s in Australia so they did well,” he said.

Duff said his daughter was a bit embarrassed about receiving the accolade.

"That's simply because she thought everyone played well,” he said.

"It was a really young team and to come fifth overall was a great effort.”

Duff said sitting in the stands and seeing his daughter play well had been "pretty special”.

"It was amazing it's just a shame they couldn't give 14 (Most Valuable Players) out,” he said.

Gladstone's Tallis Stanhope also played at the competition for the Queensland team.

"The amazing thing about Tallis is he's an U16, so he was the youngest in that team, he's a very good player,” Duff said.

Duff said the standard of touch in Gladstone and the central Queensland region continued to improve, and the base was "outstanding”.