St Pat's stirring win
DESPITE its small-town credentials, Emerald's St Patrick's School has matched and bettered its city counterparts, taking out the Queensland Primary All Schools Touch Championship in Brisbane.
The Emerald A-team defeated the Brisbane-based Sheldon State School 7-3 in the final.
"They did exceptionally well. It made me so proud," St Patrick's team manager Max Martin said.
"They were heads and shoulders above the other teams."
The Central Highlands youngsters outplayed close to 40 other primary school teams in the competition just to reach the final, winning all games in their pool before taking the quarter and semi-finals by healthy margins.
Martin said it was a remarkable effort considering the big distances the team had to travel beforehand.
"We were probably the team who had to travel the furthest out of all of them," he said.
"It was a big ask."
St Patrick's B-team was also in the running at the championships, reaching the quarter finals before they were knocked out by grand finalists Sheldon 3-1.
The players were put through their paces in several training runs to prepare for the meet, with many also part of local touch competitions.