13 February, 2024

Caboolture juniors shine

Three Caboolture Cannons junior oztag teams competed in the Queensland Junior State Cup, at Sunshine Coast Stadium from February 2 to 4.

By Liam Hauser

Caboolture juniors shine - feature photo

It was the first time some of the Cannons took part in this event, while others also took part last year.

Caboolture fielded teams in the U13 boys, U15 boys and U15 girls divisions this year, after fielding U11, U12, U14 and U15 boys teams last year.

This year’s Queensland Junior State Cup was the biggest on record, as there were more than 220 teams, ranging from Far North Queensland to the Tweed Coast.

Although the Cannons U13s didn’t win any of their six games, they improved notably as the tournament unfolded. The margin was only one try in their fourth game, before they drew the Tweed Coast Giants 4-all in their next outing.

Caboolture’s U15 boys also didn’t taste victory, although they too were competitive. They crossed the tryline in all six of their matches, while their best result was a 6-5 defeat against Moorooka.

Caboolture’s U15 girls, meanwhile, won the first of their six fixtures, as they scored six tries to one against a Labrador Rabbits Green outfit.

Caboolture was also represented in the refereeing department, as sisters Ayvah and Rihanna Latham donned the whistle, after they also refereed at last year’s event.

Two referees were appointed for most of the finals fixtures, with Ayvah officiating along with Braigh Agnew in the U12 girls decider.

Caboolture oztag spokesperson Bek Robertson said, “The kids all played their hearts out in the heat all weekend. They held their heads high and showed great sportsmanship and club spirit, even in defeat.

“For some players this was their first State Cup, so leaving with new friends and memories for life is richer than a gold medal.”


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