Gympie contingent looks to give State Cup a shake-up
TOUCH FOOTBALL: Gympie is set to field one of its biggest ever contingents of players at the junior State Cup in Hervey Bay starting today.
Touted as Queensland touch football's biggest event, thousands of the state's best players will converge on the bay for three days of action.
Gympie will field teams from under-18 to U10, and according to Gympie Touch Football Association's Kym Waugh, the blue and gold should not be discounted to take home a trophy or two.
Waugh rates Gympie's U18 boys side as the best chance of winning silverware.
The team is packed with regular local A-grade starters, some of whom have represented the sport at a state and regional level.
Fresh from their premiership win, the side will be lead by St Pat's stars Nick Ellems and Joe Chapman while players like Taylah Jordan, Darcy Cartwright and Allie Salter, will lead the way for the U16 and U14 contingents respectively.
Former Queensland State of Origin halfback and tournament ambassador, Scott
Prince, said this year's event is the biggest in its history.
"It's the biggest in 22 years since it's been running, and we've got a record number of teams involved,” Prince said.
"I can assure you we're going to see some talented touch football players on show, both with boys and girls.”
Tomorrow's event will be the third time Prince has acted as an ambassador.
His duties aside, he'll also be attending as a proud father, cheering on his two daughters in the game.
But what continued to amaze him was the scope of the game, which had reached record nominations across the state.
"It's unbelievable, the amount of kids who play our game.
"The beauty about it is that anyone can play: boys, girls, mums and dads, grandparents as well,” he said.
"It opens the doors up as well; it's a skilful game, and a lot of people are taking notice.
"For me, it's great to be a role model and ambassador for the Cup.
"It goes to show that to play now... this is where the little dreams start.”