Nar­row win in touch footy gala

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

WHIT­SUN­DAY touch team Ray White took out first place for the sec­ond year run­ning af­ter edg­ing out arch ri­vals Go On Then 1-0 in the an­nual Whit­sun­day touch gala on Satur­day.

Eight teams from Hay­man Is­land, Hamil­ton Is­land and the Whit­sun­days took to the field un­der the blis­ter­ing heat to test their skills in the sin­gle day tour­na­ment at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park.

The high­light of the com­pe­ti­tion saw Whit­sun­day so­cial touch A grade teams Ray White and Go On Then go head-to-head in the fi­nals.

The ri­valry be­tween the two sides was clear with both teams demon­strat­ing great de­fence and strong at­tack lock­ing the score at nil all by half time.

Both teams started to feel the heat in the sec­ond half but the game changer came as Ray White player Zach Hoffman in­ter­cepted a pass on the half­way line to score the first points of the match.

Go On Then stepped up their at­tack but a try sav­ing touch by Justin Chen­gody on the left wing se­cured the win for Ray White 1-0.

Jac­qui Elm­sly from Hamil­ton Is­land said the com­pe­ti­tion was fierce with all teams demon­strat­ing great team­work.

Lo­cal B grade team Eclipse al- so played well, giv­ing some of the stronger teams a run for their money but missed out on a top six fin­ish.

Whit­sun­day Touch As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mark Beale thanked com­mit­tee mem­bers Ake Ra­pana and Justin But­ler for their sup­port.

Play­ers from the Townsville touch club Frogs, who were in town for the week­end, also helped to make up team num­bers on the day.

SOME great at­tack­ing and de­fen­sive ac­tion from all teams made for an ex­cit­ing night of touch foot­ball at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Mon­day night.

In A grade Powered By Mur­phy went down to Air­lie Mixed in their close clash 5-4, Whit­sun­day Food saw off Box Heads 4-2 and Ray White ran away with an im­pres­sive vic­tory over Real Deal smash­ing the try line 15-2.

The Wolves and Jets went head to head in another close bat­tle with Jets tak­ing the win 8-7, Eclipse dom­i­nated Hardly Nor­mal in their 8-2 vic­tory and Hamorent went down to Amal­ga­mated 3-1.

Go On Then and The 140’s both faced a bye on Mon­day.

There are no matches for the next two weeks due to the school holidays. Games will recom­mence on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 14. The ju­nior touch com­pe­ti­tion sign-on will also be held on Oc­to­ber 14, and is open to all boys and girls from prep to year 8.

OVER­ALL WIN­NERS: Ray White play­ers Lau­ren John­son, Peter Chen­gody, Tim Quin­lan, Mark Beale, Leah Re­htla, (front) Ash­lee Rowe, Zach Hoffman and Justin Chen­gody were the pre­miers of the sin­gle day Whit­sun­day touch gala on Satur­day.

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