Juniors show they're in touch
A GROUP of Gladstone juniors have shown they have got the right touch when it comes to a popular sport.
Today and tomorrow, seven juniors take to the touch fields in Maryborough to contest the Queensland State Championships.
Gladstone has representatives in the under-14s and under-16s boys, and the under-14 girls.
Five lads – Tyrone Davis, Joshua Hughes, Andrew Whitmore, Kane Langdon, Justin Cridland – have made the Central Queensland under-14s boys’ team,
Teegan Crawford will play for the under-14s girls’ team and Shaun Cridland is in the under-16 boys’ team.
Frank Larose, assistant coach with the under-14s boys’ team, said the seven players were highly skilled and juniors were picking up the game at an earlier age than ever.
“They’re some of the best talent we’ve seen come through, and there are a couple who could be in contention for state selection,” Larose said.
The sport was competitive, Larose said, and kept the kids sharp.
Having five players who know each other’s games will be huge benefit to the team, as the boys combine well on the ground.
“The actual drills and plays at this level are more complicated than at club level,” Larose said.
Larose said giving the players the opportunity to play in tournaments greatly developed their games, and this had a flow-on effect for junior touch in Gladstone.
“They come back with new skills and these eventually filter out to the rest of the players over time,” he said.
The teams play four matches today, with the finals tomorrow, and other represented areas include North Queensland, Brisbane City, and the Sunshine Coast.