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Touch of talent in juniors

A quick move allowed one Emerald player to make it through the line and attempt to score.
A quick move allowed one Emerald player to make it through the line and attempt to score.

THE Junior State Cup Carnival recently held in Hervey Bay is proof Emerald touch football is busting with talent.

Emerald under-10 girls had a successful carnival, with many playing at this level for the first time. In their pool, they won five games, drew two and lost one. The girls made it to the quarter-finals but lost 2-1 to Brisbane Metro.

Players' Player award went to Gabby Firth and the Coach's Award to Abbie Sandilands.

Emerald U10 boys finished in fourth place after losing in the semi-finals to Redlands 4-0. To get to the semis, the boys played six games and won four, drew one and lost one.

Coach Ashley Nock said the boys were on fire in all games and their defence and rucking the ball was outstanding.

The team spirit of the Emerald U12 girls team was high throughout the carnival and the girls won five out of seven games. They were unlucky to miss out on a quarter-final spot against some tough competition.

Coach Andy Walker said: "All the girls should be extremely proud of the way they played and the experience they have gained will only make them stronger."

Emerald U12 boys had a very successful carnival making it all the way to a semi-final showdown against Ipswich but unfortunately went down 5-2.

Emerald U14 girls didn't have a great carnival, losing all of their games, but coach Jason Dwyer said the team competed very well.

"They should be very proud of their efforts as they did have a very interrupted campaign leading up to the carnival," he said.

Emerald U14 boys had a mixed carnival winning three games, losing three and drawing one. Coach Gavin Sandilands said his side did extremely well with the games they played only losing by one or two tries in the games they lost.

U16 girls didn't have a great carnival losing all their 10 games but coach Daria Wills said the girls had fun and they all enjoyed playing together as a team.

Each coach expressed their thanks to parents for their efforts.


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