North Queens­land teams show good touch at na­tional ti­tles

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au townsville­bul­letin. com. au Townsville Bul­letin Thurs­day, March 24, 2011

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.

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