Fun and games at finals
FRIENDLY banter and age were nominated as team strengths by Gayndah’s touch football teams at Friday night’s finals.
While they played hard, they emphasised the competition was primarily social.
In the B-grade competition, Try Hard went down 5-11 against Pistol Night.
Down at half-time, Try Hard captain Craig Robertson said: “We’re missing about three players, but have plenty to be on the field”.
While team players had no physical injuries, age was both a strength and weakness, Robertson said.
Playing for the first time were three junior players on the North Burnett side – Sammy O’Brien, Grace Robertson and Elky Slaughter.
“It’s a big step from junior competition to playing against adults (and) they get a lot of experience from this,” Robertson said.
Although their inexperience in an adult competition could be a weakness, Robertson said his was a young team, with speed.
“You can’t beat speed,” he said.
But Pistol Night did. Playing for the opposition was Taylor McCosker, a Year 9 student fresh from the state touch titles.
At half-time, Taylor said her team was up against some challenges.
“We know our rules pretty well, so we can judge the game, (but) we don’t talk much and we’re a little bit slack in defence at the moment,” Taylor said.
Pistol Night captain Jason McCosker said a win was overdue for his team.
“We’ve not won in many years,” he said.
THE thriller A grade competition Grasscutters versus Elemonators, levelled 5-all at half-time, with Elemonators captain Rachel Chambers sustaining a calf injury in the first five minutes.
“I was trying to catch someone faster than me. (Overall), we’re happy with the game: there’s nice sportsmanship,” Chambers said.
“Our strength is our humour, our weakness is that we’re about four or five players down.”
Elemonators triumphed 8-7 in the final minute of the second half.