Dalby teams dominate at State carnival
TOUCH: Young athletes from all primary schools in Dalby proved their strength last weekend as they took on tough talent from all over the state at the annual Primary All Schools Touch Championship.
Students from Dalby South Sate School, Dalby State School, Our Lady of the Southern Cross College and Dalby Christian College travelled to Redlands for two days of tough competition.
All schools played qualifying rounds on the Saturday before taking on the elimination rounds on Sunday.
Dalby State School has been attending the Queensland All School Championships since it started almost 15 years ago, and have seen the carnival grow from 43 teams to 192 teams.
This year they took two teams after weeks training during their lunch.
The boys team qualified for the Plate division but were knocked out in the first round., The girls team however went through to the girls’ Plate grand final.
“They were very excited, it was good because it was a girls team with not a lot of experience,” Dalby State School sport teacher Tamara Kavney said.
“We couldn’t finish the game because two little girls from Coomera Spring State School had a head clash and it was a serious injury so because the score was 5-4 to them, they were declared the winners.”
Despite the early finish, Mrs Kavney said the girls played really well with eight girls already backing up for next year’s competition.
“They were all fairly quick and we’d really drilled the skills, they’re a lovely bunch of girls,”
The Dalby State School girls team put together a care package for the Coomera student who was injured in their grand final game with hopes to cheer her up.
Dalby South State School had success in the Mixed Bowl division, coming home champions.
The team had been training weekly and participating in the Dalby Touch Competition every Wednesday leading up to the tournament.
The team got off to a challenging start on Saturday going down in all of their games, but they dug deep on Sunday and won both their games, landing them in the ‘Mixed’ Bowl Division Grand Final.
The students were sore, hot and exhausted leading into the grand final but they didn’t let that stop them, taking down St Columbus with an 8-1 win.
- Dalby South State School took a mixed team and returned victorious in the Mixed Bowl Division (Division 4).
- Dalby State School took a boys and a girls team, both qualified for the Plate Division (Division 3). The boys were unlucky in the first round, but the girls went right through to the grand final, going down by just one point after a player on the other team went down with an injury and the game was called early.
- Dalby Christian College mixed team competed in the Championship Division (Division 1), coming fifth after a tight game in the quarter-finals.
- Our Lady of the Southern Cross College took a boys team and a girls team, both of which showed their strength on Saturday winning almost all of their games and qualifying for the Championship Division. Both teams were unlucky in their first games on Saturday.