Tallis Stanhope loved playing for the state.
Tallis Stanhope loved playing for the state. Campbell Gellie

National champs!

TALLIS Stanhope and Tana Martin played respective key roles to guide their Queensland Touch under-15 and under-12 teams to become national champions at the School Sport Australia National Championships.

The state under-15 side had its toughest game against New South Wales in the decider and won 6-3 in the tournament held in Mandurah, Western Australia.

Unfortunately for Tallis he broke his wrist in an earlier pool game against NSW, but he said he was pleased with his output in the three games he did play.

"We won all of those games convincingly and I scored four tries,” Tallis said.

His positive approach while sitting on the sidelines was enough to have him receiving the coach's award.

"It was how I had played in the games and how I reacted after I got injured which was just being positive and supporting the boys in the games,” Tallis added.

Tana's team also got the better of New South Wales in the under-12 grand final.

The final result of 10-4 was the obvious highlight for the dynamic youngster.

"One of the other highlights was being names as the vice-captain,” Tana said. "I was very happy and I showed good leadership skills.”



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