Emerald’s Junior State Cup finalists.
Emerald’s Junior State Cup finalists.

Challenging the best in the state

AN Emerald under-10 touch side has showed their city counterparts they can match it with the best, reaching the Junior State Cup grand final last month.

After blistering through the carnival’s opening rounds, defeating two Gold Coast sides in the process, the Emerald youngsters went down 8-4 in the final to Brisbane-based team Redland Bay.

Emerald Touch spokeswoman Wendy Lawrence said the skills and determination shown by the junior side could not be understated.

“The tenacity and attitude that the boys showed in the final was exceptional,” she said.

“It was a very moving and emotional game which showed at the end when the players were physically drained.

“Any team that can make it through to a grand final at this level of competition needs full congratulations.”

Team coach Max Moore and manager Cameron Upton said they were extremely proud of the boys for their never say die attitude.

With more than 60 teams nominating for the three-day state tournament held in Hervey Bay and more than 1200 players participating, the Emerald players had their work cut out from beginning.

No matter the result, Lawrence said all nine Emerald teams which competed at the carnival should be proud of their efforts.

“Every team from Emerald came home excited and enthusiastic,” she said.

“Not only did they learn valuable skills, they went home knowing they had just played against some of best players Queensland has to offer.”

Emerald U/10 finalists: Zac Pyle, Cain Comiskey, Riley Comiskey, Caiden Dwyer, Lleyton Cave, Declan Sandilands, Aaron Moore, Ben Nucifora, Lachlan Beames and Pierson Bell.


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