Fun and games at fi­nals

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

Ele­mona­tors win

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.

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