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Queensland off to flying start at Aussie youth touch titles

OVER THE LINE: Queensland School Sport's Georgia Harris dives in the corner, during her team's win over a New South Wales Combined Independent Schools team at the National Youth Championships at Bokarina on Wednesday.
OVER THE LINE: Queensland School Sport's Georgia Harris dives in the corner, during her team's win over a New South Wales Combined Independent Schools team at the National Youth Championships at Bokarina on Wednesday. Warren Lynam

TOUCH FOOTBALL: Hordes of fleet-footed youngsters have converged on Bokarina, where hopes are high for the Queensland School Sport's 18 years girls team.

The four-day National Youth Championships and School Series got under way on Wednesday, with a string of matches across different age divisions.

And it was the girls in maroon who quickly established their intentions.

The defending champions toppled a New South Wales Combined Independent Schools unit 12-1 before beating a Touch New Zealand team 15-0.

"It's probably the fact we play as a team. There's no individuals, no stars. Every player can do the same job," player Brittney Brown said.

"There are definitely high expectations to win again but we'll see how we go."

Her team boasts members from around the state.

"We've only had three camps but they've been pretty close together and they went for about three days so it's been pretty good," she said before commenting on the conditions at Sunshine Coast Stadium and the Kawana Sports Precinct.

"It's always good, the atmosphere here at the Sunshine Coast. It's a bit windy at the moment though."

Local hopes rest with the Sunshine Coast Pineapples, with the boys and girls teams experiencing a mixed start to proceedings.

The multi-field venue will play host to the championships and series until 2020, it was announced officially by Touch Football Australia and Sunshine Coast Council.

"It's terrific to have this national event for the sport staged on the Sunshine Coast," Sunshine Coast councillor Jason O'Pray said.

There's a bumper schedule at Bokarina during the next few days too, with the Alliance Cup and The Masters Trans Tasman Test Series also to be contested.

That's 72 teams across four events, with about 1500 participants and more than 5000 visitors.


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