Juniors shine at touch carnival
GYMPIE'S four touch football teams competing in last weekend's Queensland Junior State Cup displayed admirable competitiveness during the three-day event.
The state cup, which ran from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8, hosted a record 179 teams and drew crowds in their thousands.
Gympie had a real challenge on its hands, facing teams with double their numbers and often twice their size.
Gympie Junior Touch's Jodie Johnson said in order to fill the four teams, some competitors were playing up by one or two age classes.
The under-12 girls, who scouted two U10 players to make up the numbers, managed to beat big-time Brisbane Metro 1-0.
The U16 boys, who only brought one sub to the event, were neck-and-neck with their Gold Coast rivals until the end when they went down 6-4. Johnson said regardless of the results, the event was well worth signing up for.
"They loved it," Johnson said of the junior teams.
"This is all to build confidence, that's why we make the special effort to take them to carnivals," she said.