Bundabeberg U14 Boys claimed the Junior State Cup for the second year running.
Bundabeberg U14 Boys claimed the Junior State Cup for the second year running.

Touch teams in State Cup Carnival

EIGHT teams from the Bundaberg Junior Touch Football Association competed at the annual Junior State Cup Carnival held in Caboolture last weekend.

There were 157 teams from across Queensland competing in ages under-10 to under-18 at the three-day event.

Two-time reigning champions, the under-14 boys came home with big smiles and another shining trophy to add to their collection. After a close game, the boys defeated Redlands 5-4 to bring home the trophy.

Junior Touch president Brad Newton said the achievements of all teams were highly commendable.

“The talent of some of these kids is just great. They all played really, really well,” he said.

Riley Parter, who Newton described as being “very good on his feet”, took out the player of the final award. “Riley knew the defence inside out, he's a great player,” said the president.

Bundaberg under-12 girls' team made the quarter-finals under the guidance of coach Dave Bonser but lost 3-0 to Redlands.

“The under-12s have worked very hard,” Newton said.

The under-12 boys, under-14 boys, under-16 boys and under-18 boys also made the quarter-finals.

Bundaberg under-18 player Lauren Newton, who has represented Bundaberg for the past nine years at Junior State Cup, was awarded the prestigious Kerry Norman Award.

The award recognises the long record of participation at Junior State Cup, someone who is considered a great role model for the sport, and plays the game with honest and fairness.

“It's the highest accolade you can get in Queensland junior touch,” Newton said.

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