Narrow win in touch footy gala
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.