North Queensland teams show good touch at national titles
NORTH Queensland tasted glory at the recent 2011 X-Blades National Touch League at Port Macquarie, New South Wales.
The NQ women’s 27 edged out the Hunter Western Hornets 3-2 thanks to tries from North Queensland’s Melissa Dunne, Tremayne Horan and Christy Harris.
And Nor t h Que e n s l a n d c a me within a hair’s breadth of another national title in the open men’s grand final against Brisbane City.
A haul of five touch downs from the NQ men pushed the big city team all the way, but the effort just came up short with Brisbane holding out for a 7-6 victory.
The players to get themselves on the NQ scoresheet were Jake Carter, Charlie Kang, Ben Glenwright, Jason Lynch and Samuel Mazza.
North Queensland’s men’s 40s division almost reached a grand-final as well, but the veterans went down to the Sydney Scorpions in their semifinal.
A father and son combination also took part in the championships for North Queensland, with Towns- ville’s Peter and Jake Carter playing in the men’s opens and over 40s divisions respectively. Jake, 17, was a member of the Australian under18 touch squad last year and received Townsville’s young sport person of the year at the 2010 Australia Day awards. Peter, 45, returned to representative action after an 18-year absence to join his son at the Port Macquarie-based championship.