5 December, 2023
Twin titles for Caboolture at State Cup
Two Caboolture touch football teams tasted premiership success as six Caboolture teams competed in the Queensland State Cup, played at Coomera Sports Park late last month.
Caboolture won the Mixed Open and Mixed 20s divisions, and were runners-up in the Women’s Premier and Mixed 40s while reaching the semi-finals in the Mixed 30s and Men’s 50s.
In Pool B in the Mixed Open division, Caboolture had wins of 9-7, 12-0, 14-0, 11-4 and 11-2 against Bundaberg, Phoenix, Yarrabilba, Jimboomba and Redlands. Following a tense 6-5 semifi nal win against Gold Coast, Caboolture edged out the previously undefeated Pool A team Labrador 6-4 in the decider.
Taylah Lakerdis, Thomas Griff in, Breanna Ward, Kye Leggett and Connor Ware were prolific scorers for the Mixed Open premiers.
The Mixed 20s division featured five teams, with Caboolture beating Kawana 4-2 and then defeating the UQ Rebels 7-1 before going down 6-5 to the Gold Coast.
Caboolture sealed top spot with a 6-3 win over Coolum, before edging out Kawana 7-6 in the decider.
Stav Collingwood was Caboolture’s leading scorer across the three days.
In the Women’s Premier division, Caboolture began with back-to-back defeats as BMTA prevailed 7-2 before UQ triumphed 3-2.
Caboolture bounced back with wins of 9-2, 8-5 and 8-1 against Japan, Brothers and England, enabling Caboolture to finish third on the six-team ladder.
In the elimination final, Caboolture turned the tables with a stunning 5-1 beating of BMTA before the grand final was a case of so near and yet so far.
The Rebels again won by only one try; this time 4-3. Natasha Adams and Hayley Maddick were the Caboolture team’s leading scorers during the tournament.
With six teams in the Mixed 30s division and only three in the Mixed 40s, these two age groups were in the same pools on day one before splitting into their respective age groups on the weekend.
In Pool A, Caboolture’s Mixed 30s had wins of 11-2 and 12-0 against the Redlands and Labrador Mixed 40s, before Caboolture’s Mixed 30s won 6-1 and 4-3 against the Palm Beach and Jimboomba Mixed 30s.
In a Mixed 30s semi-final, Caboolture went down 9-5 to Townsville. Meanwhile, Caboolture’s Mixed 40s were beaten by the Redlands, Townsville and Coolum Mixed 30s, before going down 5-4 to the Redlands Mixed 40s.
Caboolture’s Mixed 40s broke their drought with a 7-4 win against Labrador’s Mixed 40s, before Redlands beat Caboolture 5-2 in the Mixed 40s decider.
With seven teams in the Men’s 50s division and three in the Men’s 55s, there was another case of teams facing opponents from a different age group. Caboolture’s Men’s 50s beat the older Redlands team 6-1 and then defeated the BMTA 55s 4-2, before Caboolture went down 10-1 and 3-1 to the Gold Coast and Cairns 50s.
Caboolture subsequently beat Japan 5-4 in a Men’s 50s match, but a grand final berth was out of reach at this stage.
Caboolture Touch Association president Lloyd Celere said the Association was extremely pleased with Caboolture’s results.
“These results have come from hard work from both past/present committees and also the tireless efforts of our Participation and High Performance Pathways Manager, Karley Banks,” he said.
“The Association is firmly setting its eyes on bettering this year’s performance in 2024, both in terms of team performance and also attendance.”