New era for Touch
Two junior teams won both the men’s and women’s A grade touch titles at Albert Park on Saturday night in what is thought to be a first for Gympie Touch Association.
The A grade women’s final against the aptly named Young Guns and Dale Warne Cabinetmakers Devils was the first match to hit the paddock.
The more experienced Devils team had the wood on the Young Guns all year after never been beaten by the junior side.
Some good play by junior Queensland representative Peta Dray, player of the match Olivia Harney and team mates, Ashley Buetel and Timera Heaton saw the Young Guns score first and take a well earned lead into half time break.
Devils spokesperson Renee Pilcher said her team was still confident of taking the game at halftime.
“We just couldn’t get into the groove,” Pilcher said.
“We lost our Mojo.” Even a length field try by Devils speedster Kym Baumgardt couldn’t motivate the Devils to a win.
The well drilled Young Guns coached by Pam Dray ended up winning the game 6-2 to take the title.
In the men’s match Gympie High took on Ag Solutions in a fast paced encounter.
Gympie High started the game on fire when middle men Mitch Heaton, Codey Warhurst and Tom Murray set up four quick tries to take an early four nil lead.
But Ag Solutions led by Andy Williams capitalised on some turnover mistakes by the youngsters and reeled in Gympie High to be down by only one try, 4-3, at half time.
After half time Michael Dodt, Eric Ellems and Clayton Reed tested Gympie High’s defence and found it wanting scoring two tries to take the lead 5-4.
The turning point of the game came when the score was locked at 6 all.
Ag Solutions Michael Dodt took an intercept 20 metres out and headed toward the try line. Gympie High’s Jacob Harney turned and chased and made a diving touch just as Dodt was about to put the ball down in the corner .
Harney then backed up after some quick rucks to set up Jordon Warhurst to score in the corner and give Gympie High a 7-6 lead.
From there Gympie High went on to score again and won the game 8-6, but not before captain Mitch Heaton went down with an injured knee.
Team spokesperson Codey Warhurst thanked their Gympie High coach Peter Thorne who put in a big effort to train the boys during the season.
“Without Thornies help we would never have won the title,” he said.