Gympie Touch Football kids excited about leaving for the Junior State Cup being held at Hervey Bay.
Gympie Touch Football kids excited about leaving for the Junior State Cup being held at Hervey Bay. Greg Miller

Young touch football guns set to fire up

THERE were 108 junior members of the Gympie Touch Association headed to Hervey Bay on Thursday for the Junior State Cup which began yesterday.

The Gympie teams gathered at Albert Park before departing on buses with last minute goodbyes from parents who said the kids were awake all night excited in anticipation.

The event drew 214 teams from Runaway Bay all the way to Rockhampton.

There will be Gympie representatives in the under-10, U12, U14, U16 boys and girls' age groups as well as one U18 boys' team set to play.

Gympie Touch Association administrator Kym Waugh said Gympie would not usually enter an U10 girls team but numbers have increased this year.

This is the eighth year Gympie has contested the tournament and it is one of the biggest carnivals held in Queensland.

Although no Gympie team made a grand final last year the region was recognised with a small affiliate award for their sufficient numbers.

"It seems to be growing which is nice," Waugh said.

For players to represent Gympie they had to attend trials at the local club.

Waugh said any member of the club who played in the local juniors competition can test their ability at the trials.

Sign-on dates for the juniors will be held next Wednesday and July 22 with the season to kick off on July 29.

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