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2019 Allan Rockley Memorial Interschool Touch Football competition success

More than 270 players and 23 teams competed in the 2019 Tablelands Interschool Touch Football Competition. PHOTO: Lea Coghlan Communications.

COMPETITION in a Tableland interschool touch football competition wrapped up last week with teams from Tolga, Malanda and Mareeba victors.

More than 270 primary and secondary students participated in the 2019 Allan Rockley Memorial Interschool Touch Football Competition over an eight week period.

State schools from Atherton, Kairi, Malanda, Mareeba, Millaa Millaa, Tolga, and Yungaburra participated along with primary schools were involved along with Mount Saint Bernard College, Herberton, St Joseph’s Catholic School, Atherton, and St Stephen’s Catholic College, Mareeba.

The senior division grand final was contested between Mareeba High School One team and MSB. Mareeba came away the victors, 19 to 9, with player of the final Mareeba’s Shaun Stephens.

St Stephen’s College and Malanda State High School played the intermediate grand final. Malanda won 10 to 5. Thomas Cuda, St Stephen’s, was player of the final.

Malanda Eels and Tolga Tornadoes fought out the junior division, with Tolga victors 6 to 5. Player of the final was Malanda’s Riley Kuhn.

Best and fairest awards for senior division Jayden Ives (Atherton 1), Paige Dalgety (Atherton 2), Luke Martin (Malanda 1), Tom McCahon (Malanda 2), Shaun Stephens (Mareeba 1), Kara Trimble (Mareeba 2), Maggie Bob (MSB) and Dylan DeMarzi (St Stephen’s).

Intermediate best and fairest awards Jessica Seawright (Atherton 1), Amy Hunter (Atherton 2), Hailey Irving (Atherton 3), Tait Coghlan (Malanda), Jace Cureton (Mareeba) and Thomas Cuda (St Stephen’s).

Best and fairest awards junior division Faith Prange (Atherton), Deakin Csoma (KairiBurra), Rhys Johnston (Malanda Eels), Isabelle McCormack (Malanda Stingers), Talia Ord (Millaa Millaa), Kayden Payne (Tolga Brolgas), Samika Sheahan (Tolga Tornadoes), Roley Thomas (St Joey’s 1) and Leo Pezzelato (St Joey’s 2).

Sportsmanship awards were presented to Charli Austin (St Joey’s 2), Mitchell Wieland (Millaa Millaa), Sarah O’Sullivan (Atherton), Murphy Solinas (Malanda), Celia Oakely (Mareeba) and Daniel Cross (St Stephen’s).

The Allan Rockley Memorial Trophy was awarded to the school with the best overall result in all divisions of the competition. Tolga was the primary school champion and MSB took out the honours in the secondary division.

Competition convenor Therese Watson, Tableland 10-19 Years School Sport Group district secretary, thanked the Allan Rockley Memorial Fund for sponsoring the competition, the Atherton Touch Football Association for their support and teachers, coaches and volunteers referees.

“It was pleasing to see the improvement of the skill levels of the students throughout the competition. Many of the students particularly in the junior division hadn’t played a lot of touch football and it is a credit to the students’ hard work, dedication and involvement in this competition to be able to clearly notice how far they have progressed with their touch football abilities.”

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