On Monday, 27 July, our Touch Football Excellence Academy students participated in their first game of the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) season 2 Adult Touch competition. This is largely due to our affiliation with University of Queensland Rebels Touch Club for sponsoring our two teams and we thank them enormously for their support.
Senior Mixed Runcorn State High School Blues
Currently in the mixed 'C' Adult competition for round 1, this team was led by captain, Nelson Harkness and vice captains, Jada Phillips and Lachlan Hardisty. From the beginning it was obvious that the opposition were quick, agile and strong and the game began in a tough and grinding fashion. Eventually, after 4 minutes, we were able to cause a turn over and score, and this theme continued for the rest of the game. We ended up winning 13 tries to 2 in what was a fantastic start to the season.
Congratulations to the following students in getting their first game in the senior team for the school: Latrell Sullivan, Josh Toru, Myah Cresswell-Tino, Naardirah Peer and Alannah Bush. Every game students will be given the opportunity to nominate a player to receive a Player's Award, those with the most nominations will receive a prize at the end of the season. The Coach's Award for this game goes to Josh Toru for his brilliant pressure defence, particularly on first touch, causing numerous turn overs for the senior team.
Junior Mixed Runcorn State High School Blues
Currently in the mixed 'D' Adult division, this team was captained admirably by Bella Mahoney and Damon Van Der Woude with tremendous support from Braydon Jacobsen, Nicholas Streader, Jackson Streader, Ana Fe'ao and Lani Connolly. String ducking was a key feature of our team, continually pressuring the opposition. With many first timers in this game, our defence was a little clunky, but through better communication on the field we were able to pull away from our opposition, winning 10 tries to 6.
Our captains were fantastic in their leadership, with special mention to Lani Connolly for the brilliant energy she role modelled to the rest of the team. The Coach's Award for this game went to Lavinia Fe'ao who was electric through the game with phenomenon speed and agility.
Thank You and Good Luck
Our managers did an amazing job in sorting playing uniforms, recording the games and making sure everything went smoothly. Without their hard work and assistance our teams would not be able to perform as well as they did.
The Touch Excellence Academy would like to publicly thank Waynee Knight, who is a past player of the Academy, for coming out and assist in coaching both teams. It is great for our current players to be able to have the support and guidance of our past students like Waynee. Good luck to our teams for next Monday!