Trans-Tas­man tri­umph for Aus­tralia

Sunshine Coast Daily - - LOCAL SPORT - — Steele Tay­lor

TOUCH FOOT­BALL: Aus­tralia claimed a clean sweep of the Masters Trans Tas­man Se­ries at Boka­rina yes­ter­day when a bumper sched­ule of tour­na­ments came to a close.

Aus­tralia won 12 straight games with three games in four age groups.

The women’s 27 years cap­tain B ode la Cruz said the teams made the most of their pace.

“When we run an ex­pan­sive game it re­ally does help,” she said.

“If we’re go­ing di­rect at them and play­ing up through the mid­dle, we’re re­ally play­ing into their hands.

“I think it’s our fit­ness, our speed and our skill level which gets us over the line ev­ery time and def­i­nitely be­ing on home soil re­ally helps when it comes to want­ing to win.”

The for­mer rugby sevens player lauded the likes of Tas­man’s Bec Oliver.

There was plenty of ac­tion at Sun­shine Coast Sta­dium and the Kawana Sports Precinct dur­ing the past five days.

The Na­tional Youth Cham­pi­onships 18 boys event was won by Queens­land School Sport while New South Wales Com­bined High Schools won the 18 girls edi­tion.

The ACT and Vic­to­ria won the men’s and women’s in­ter-state Al­liance Cup ti­tles re­spec­tively.

A lo­cal team from Chan­cel­lor State Col­lege won the girls Na­tional Schools Cup ti­tle, while Warn­ers Bay High won the boys di­vi­sion.

PHOTO: TOUCH AUS­TRALIA

CAP­TAIN: Bo de la Cruz.

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