first_imgA great touch here, a swan dive there. Funny coloured socks and team colours in their hair. Plenty of smiles and lots of cheers,The Mums patch up the grazes-While the Dads’ have a beer.There’s Touch to play and kids to meet-Forgetting sore legs with the sugar they eat.There’s fluoro zinc faces and a million flies…Yes folks, you’ve guessed it, the Junior rep Touch season is nigh!!!A record 600 players are set to converge on Redlands Touch Association fields this Sunday, to contest the Arthur Davis Memorial Junior Tournament.The Redlands tournament will kick-start the 2006 Touch Football Queensland Junior Representative Season. Affiliated junior teams from the South East Queensland corner will compete in a series of tournaments over the next 6 weeks, giving them valuable game time and competition experience for Queensland’s premiere event on the junior Touch calendar, The Touch Football Queensland Junior State Cup.In the tenth anniversary year, the TFQ Junior State Cup is set to eclipse the record 125 teams who contested the 2005 event, when affiliated teams square off at the Glasshouse Mountains from July 7-9, 2006.The travelling Delfin South East Queensland Junior Tri-Series between South West Queensland and South Queensland & Border Districts affiliated teams, provides a perfect three round lead up to the State event and will be hosted respectively by Redlands (May 21), Toowoomba (June 11), and the Gold Coast (June 25).To lift the Delfin Tri-Series Trophy, affiliated teams need to compete in all three legs of the Series, with point values being accumulatively amassed at each tournament in each respective age division over the duration of the series.SQBD General Manager Garry Shepherd worked closely with SWQ official Terry McSweeney on the Tri-Series concept and is excited by the end result.“We’ve worked hard to put this together. Each affiliate has run independently of the other in past years, and we knew our junior tournaments needed a lift.We reasoned if we could support each other’s tournaments then it would boost the quality of each one and give the kids some great lead-up games before the Junior State Cup,” he said.“ It’s a good model if other areas around Qld who are in similar proximity to each other want to duplicate it. It’s fantastic too that Delfin has come on board as a major sponsor to support the event. Sunday should be a great way to kick it all off.”Other affiliates in the South East Queensland corner may be ineligible for the Tri-Series Trophy but are still invited to attend and compete for each individual tournament crown. The first round of the Delfin Tri-Series, the Arthur Davis Memorial Junior tournament in it’s fifth year, will feature over 50 Junior representative teams from Redlands, Gold Coast, BMTA, Labrador Dodgers, 2 Indigenous, Coomera, and Toowoomba who will field teams across Girls and Boys divisions in age groups from Under 11 through to Under 17 years.First games commence at 9.00am Sunday and finals begin at 2.55pm.With nine fields in full operation, an army of referees, coaches, and junior officials on hand, not to mention around 1000 spectators and the cream of South East Queensland’s junior playing talent, the Arthur Davis Memorial Tournament promises to be a fitting opening to what shapes as the most competitive junior representative season in Queensland to date.So get down to Redlands on Sunday. Bring your best 80’s fluoro zinc – it’s making a comeback, your loose change for Red frogs – the breakfast of champions, and plenty of positive encouragement for the budding champions of Queensland Touch.last_img

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