Green win in damp finals
Decisive triumph for young touch players
WET conditions did not dampen the team spirit at Gayndah’s junior touch finals.
While the rain kept some players away, Green and Yellow forged ahead on the field, with four players each.
Junior touch co-organiser Leisa Darlington said the contest was one-sided, with Green winning 12–0.
“Yellow had only three players and one under-10 player stepped up,” Darlington said.
“Yellow didn’t stop trying – they were basically beaten by speed. The speed and agility of (Green’s) Dayne Dakin-Mimi is worth 12 of the players.”
Junior touch co-organiser Maria McCosker said in the final match the Blue team was more evenly matched with the Red team.
“Blue led the match, and they scored a second try in the last minute (to win 2–0),” McCosker said.
She said they all did a great job.
“Players have been picking up those basic skills, such as rucking and passing; and the older kids are including the younger kids to give them a go.”
In the four years Darlington and McCosker have managed Gayndah’s junior touch teams, they’ve been thrilled with how the players’ skills have developed and consider this season “successful”.
“The difference is the littlies have grown,” McCosker said.
“They’re doing well as the kids progress from junior to high school, and already two or three have teams to go to.
“We’re seeing our own kids going through and, as a mum and parent, it’s great to see our students grow and develop and mix with the adults.”
McCosker said teams were “stepping up and making semi-finals”, such as the Murgon Carnival, and were very competitive.
She said next year’s season would be busy, crowned by hosting the Wide Bay Touch Carnival in November.
GREEN V GOLD: Gayndah Junior Touch footballers before the 2014 finals where Green won 12–0.
GOLDONTHE RUN: Kaleb Shepherd runs with the ball ahead of teammate Olivia Evans and opposing player Miriam Shepherd.