Field of champions

Balonne soccer stars hit the pitch for State Ti­tles

Balonne Beacon - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL: Lo­cal foot­ball stars hit the pitch in Her­vey Bay re­cently for the State Soccer Ti­tles.

Chev­elle Adams, Nick Cuffe, Jack­son Hearn, Ed­ward Ro­gan, Jasper Wilkin­son and Clancy Wright took to the field in the Queens­land 10-12 years South West Teams.

Chev­elle Adams was strong in de­fence through the four-day car­ni­val and at­tacked strongly.

The girls’ team was un­lucky not to come away with a win from the car­ni­val af­ter be­ing called off­side by the ref­eree af­ter an at­tempt at goal in their game against North West.

The five Balonne boys per­formed well and Nick Cuffe was also named cap­tain of the boys’ team.

Jasper Wilkin­son proved to be a pest in de­fence, pop­ping up in what seemed to be ev­ery­where on the field to save shots on goal.

Kicks out of their own goal area were a strong point for Jack­son Hearn, much to the de­light of the South West spec­ta­tors as Jack­son cleared the ball reg­u­larly.

Jack­son was also strong as keeper, sav­ing sev­eral goals for the South West team.

Cap­tain Cuffe proved to be a hand­ful in de­fence, tack­ling op­po­si­tion play­ers with great skill.

Striker Ed­ward Ro­gan was fab­u­lous in at­tack and missed the goal by just cen­time­tres in a hard fought game against North West.

The strong boot of Clancy Wright had the ball head­ing down-field on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

Coach Matt Franklin said he was ex­tremely proud of the boys over the four days and con­tin­ued to praise them for their never say die at­ti­tude.

High­lights of the car­ni­val came on and off the field, with a game of beach grid­iron and also many morn­ing teas and lunches. Cool down matches against the coach and man­ager also proved to be a high­light.

The boys’ favourite move of the car­ni­val was a se­cret weapon by Mr Franklin called ‘the pig chase’ and af­ter the call of ‘uppa’ was made by the coach, all play­ers (in­clud­ing the keeper) swarmed the goal area for a shot of goal.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIBUTED

KICK­ING GOALS: Clancy Wright, Jack­son Hearn, Ed­ward Ro­gan, Chev­elle Adams, Jasper Wilkin­son, Nick Cuffe and coach Matt Franklin.

Nick Cuffe takes con­trol of the ball.

Clancy Wright, Jasper Hearn and Nick Cuffe in de­fence.

Jasper Hearn and Clancy Wright show off their skills.

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