TOUCH AND GO: The South-West under-12s Touch Football side will take on the best in Queensland.
TOUCH AND GO: The South-West under-12s Touch Football side will take on the best in Queensland. Tom Gillespie

These Maranoa boys have a 'touch' of class

HAVE a good look at these boys, because they might be the next Emilee Cherry.

The Maranoa have contributed six players to the South-West under-12s side to play in the QSS 10-12 Years Boys and Girls Touch State Championships in Roma this week.

If they're good enough, they could be selected to play for Queensland and follow in the footsteps of Cherry, who played touch football for Australia before winning Olympic gold in rugby sevens.

SW Boys side manager, St George State High School's Sarah Goddard, said the teams were finally starting to gel ahead of the massive carnival that will run from Thursday through to Sunday.

"This is their third training sessions together and we only had three kids from last year also playing in this year's side,” she said.

"Touch is really structured and speed-oriented, and their knowledge of the game has really improved.

"A large chunk of the group that play in Roma Junior Touch are doing well - we've got some really good thinkers.”

South West Regional School Sport Officer Phil Coleman said he was expecting the carnival to be a massive economic boost to Roma, with nearly 300 athletes heading to the region for the event.

"There will be about 800 people counting players, their families and officials,” he said.

"In the past we've never been able to host both boys and girls, because we just couldn't guarantee accommodation especially during the oil and gas boom. Nowadays, we can give it a go.

"I've had no phone calls that people haven't been able to get the accommodation.”

The opening ceremony starts from 9am on Thursday at the touch footy grounds on Bungil St.

SQUAD

Nate Davis (St George), Clancy Wright (Thallon), Tom McCoy (Roma), Kendrick Treadwell (Miles), Marty Steele (Miles), Tristan Lorenz (Roma), Matt York (Wallumbilla), Harry McCormack (Glenmorgan), Logan Walsh (Roma), Lachlan Jounquay (Yuleba)


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