Alpha touch carnival weathers test of time

RAIN, hail and shine – Alpha State School P&C president and annual touch tournament co-ordinator Kelly Gray has seen it all.

So running into this year’s annual carnival on Saturday, September 17, it was of no surprise that the weather hardly seemed to bother this steely school committee patron.

“Last year it pelted down with rain, you wouldn’t believe it,” Gray said.

“You have just got to go with it. You can’t avoid Mother Nature.”

The touch competition, run in conjunction with the school’s P&C committee, had such a strong roll-up for last year’s event they were forced to spilt the teams into A-grade and B-grade divisions. And then the heavens opened.

But far from putting a dampener on the fun, the extra moisture gave the competition a whole new edge.

“It actually added to the atmosphere,” Gray said.

The home-ground advantage gave last year’s A-grade winners, Fantastic Ford, plenty of favour, taking out the grand final with a composite Alpha crew returning home for the once-a-year sporting event.

The tournament is run in a seven-a-side format, with games lasting for 20 minutes.

And if you thought there would be time for a quick tipple at half-time, think again.

There is no half-time and no time for injuries.

Teams will play at least four games before the semi-finals and finals and all sides will be required to provide an umpire for their matches.

An 80 metre sprint will also decide the tournament’s fastest on track, together with boat races and entertainment throughout the night.

If you think you and your team have got what it takes to join in for the touch carnival, then email Kelly at, for information and an entry form.

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