DON'T ARGUE: Gladstone U10 player Cohen Kurtz avoids a tackle from a Noosa opponent at the Queensland Touch Junior State Cup held at Hervey Bay.
DON'T ARGUE: Gladstone U10 player Cohen Kurtz avoids a tackle from a Noosa opponent at the Queensland Touch Junior State Cup held at Hervey Bay. Matthew McInerney

TEAMS TACKLED THE BEST

TOUCH: Two of the seven Gladstone boys and girls teams made it to the quarter-finals at the Junior State Cup championships in Hervey Bay on the weekend.

The boys under-14 and U10 teams finished in the top eight.

The U14 team were beaten 9-1 against Gold Coast which went on to win the grand final 4-3 against Rockhampton.

The U10 Gladstone boy's team were knocked out 5-2 against Coomera in the quarter-final.

Coomera went on make the grand final, but lost the decider 4-3 to BMTA Red.

U10 boy's coach Daniel Rose said considering the limited amount of time his team were together prior to the championships in Hervey Bay, it was a sterling effort from his chargers.

"We only lost two games and they were to Brisbane 3-1 and Coomera in the quarters,” Rose said.

"They were great games and I was really proud of all of their efforts.

Gladstone were in pool C and began its campaign with a 2-2 draw against Coomera Black, but from there, the results got better.

Clean-sweep wins against Dalby and Hervey Bay and Noosa had the team choc full of confidence.

"Coomera have been together for two years while we have only been together for five months,” Rose said.

While he admitted all contributed strongly, there was one player who deserved the team's player of the tournament award.

"Cooper Chadburn won it because of his consistency and willingness to give his all,” Rose said.

He is in his first year as coach and said that it was most enjoyable.

"The boys bonded together as a team and that made my job a lot easier,” Rose said.

He also was one of three Gladstone people who officiated in the grand finals.

Rose the referee in the U14 girl's decider between Gold Coast and Bilambil while Abby Davies and Hayden Keenan officiated in the U10 girl's and U10 boy's grand finals.

The trio were a part of a contingent of 233 referees and Gladstone Junior Touch Association president Kevin Cridland said it's an outstanding achievement.

"It was the first time for Abby and Hayden and they probably didn't realise how big this achievement was,” Cridland said.

GLADSTONE TEAMS

U16G: 0-6 6th in Pool A- won by BMTA Red

U14G: 3-3 4th in Pool A

U14B: 5-2 3rd in Pool C - qtr finalists

U12G: 1-5 6th in Pool B

U12B: 3-2-1 4th in Pool B

U10G: 1-5 5th in Pool C

U10B: 4-1-1 2nd in Pool C - qtr finalist



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