Childers touch team ready to make their mark at State Cup

CHILDERS may be one of the smaller Touch Queensland associations, but they are ready to make a big impact at the Junior State Cup.

The Cup starts tomorrow at the Tavistock St fields, with more than 200 teams from across Queensland set to contest the 20th installment of the competition.

While bigger associations like Rockhampton, Brisbane and Gold Coast are expected to win most of the age groups, do not be surprised to see the smaller groups punch above their weight.

Childers will enter teams in the under-12 girls and U14 boys, with the girls set to clash with hosts Hervey Bay.

Childers Touch secretary Sandra Scotney said the players had trained all season for the competition, and excitement levels were building now the event was finally here.

"For many kids it will be their first Cup game and they are truly excited," she said.

"Our chances of winning are slim, but for us here in Childers, the kids and parents just love the game."

While it may be a big ask to win the main competitions, associations like Childers, Dalby and Blackwater have the chance to win one of the affiliate awards.

Queensland Touch general manager of operations Gary Madders said the awards were introduced to give smaller groups which might not feature in the finals a chance to win.

"We provide those overall trophies, but we also have awards for small and medium associations," Madders said.

"Gympie won the small association last year and groups like Childers are definitely in the running for it."

The Junior State Cup starts at 8.30am tomorrow.