Kingaroy pride on show at state cup
TOUCH FOOTBALL: The Kingaroy Koalas have made a name for themselves with their performances on and off the field at the Queensland Touch junior state cup.
The under-10 girls, U10 boys and U14 girls teams travelled to Hervey Bay to take on fierce opposition across three days of competition with associations from across the state competing for victory.
President of Kingaroy Touch Association, Nichole Moller, couldn't be prouder of how the players represented Kingaroy and the association.
"I am so proud of our kids in their tiny little team coming up against huge clubs,” she said.
"They gave so much effort, showed awesome determination and the team morale is so high.”
Kingaroy's U10 teams had eight players each and the U14s was a team of 10 including some who played up an age division.
They were up against clubs who had 14 players a side meaning less time on the bench and having to bring the best out of one another on the field.
"They have made so much improvement with the metres they are making and they are threatening touch lines now and they are executing as well,” Moller said.
"The wins mightn't always be there but they are always competitive score lines.”
Kingaroy teams have featured in the state cup for many years but were absent last year when the entry fee doubled.
The association was determined to field teams this year because of the great development opportunities the cup provides for the players and Kingaroy touch rallied together to raise funds for the players and make it happen.
Kingaroy touch is passionate about developing their junior players and creating opportunities for the players to improve and excel.
"Our juniors have been fortunate enough to do development work with NTL premiership Bronco players Mitch DeRossi and Justin Otto and Cowboys player Anna Hicks,” Moller said.
"Our under-14 coach Aleisha Collins in particular has taken the advice and direction from these elite players as well as Sunshine Coast elite player Mark Henderickson and it really showed in the results at this year's junior state cup.”
Kingaroy teams have competed at Brisbane elite competitions and committed themselves to improving for the benefit of themselves and their team mates.
"They have taken so much on and loved every bit,” Moller said.
The players will now regroup and new teams will be formed ahead of the regional selection carnival in October for Sunshine Coast Pineapple teams.