Gympie's touch stars thrive
GYMPIE touch representatives who played for the Sunshine Coast Pineapples in the National Touch League Championships at Kawana last month are back on home soil.
The championships attracted a record number of 146 teams and games were played at Kawana’s Stockland Park between March 10 and 13.
Gympie players involved included: Clayton Reid, Malcolm Bunney, Quinton McMeekin, Andrew Williams, Glenn Kennedy, Anna Reid, Kelly McMeekin (player/coach), Kate Tedge (manager), Fleur Dawings, Pam Dray and Michelle Tappin.
Gympie touch player and spectator Leilani Fleming said the competition produced an excellent display of skills despite trying conditions.
“The Saturday finals were played in some of the worst conditions from memory,” she said.
“Teams fought the mud, rain, wind and overall conditions of the fields. Surprisingly, the pace was blistering and the skills on display were jaw-dropping despite the conditions.”
Organisers were a little disappointed, however, that the poor conditions affected the number of spectators who braved the weather for the finals.
The best result of the Gympie representatives was Malcolm Bunney, who competed in the Over 55 Men’s Sunshine Coast Pineapples outfit.
The side was successful in reaching the grand final but felt the sting of disappointment when, after being undefeated throughout the competition, went down 1-3 against the Hunter Western hornets.
Bunney, though, was pleased to score the only try for the Sunshine Coast side.