QSST ward off challengers

Eden Richards

The QSST 18’s Girls side have sent a message to the rest of the National Youth Competition after Day One – catch us if you can.

After taking home the title in both the 18’s Boys and the 18’s Girls divisions in 2016, the Queenslanders are on track to do the double again.

QSST dominated the day, with the 18’s Boys making a great start before the 18’s Girls did their part, showing no mercy to the rest of the competition to sit in top position in Pool A.

However, the challengers are coming, with six other teams unbeaten after a day where the cream of the crop rose to the top.


Pool A

QSST recorded two impressive blowout victories on Day One, dashing any thoughts of a premiership hangover to pile on 28 touchdowns.

A 13-1 opening round win over NSWCIS was backed up with a 15-0 victory over Touch Football New Zealand to leave both beaten sides struggling in the early stages of the competition.

The Central Queensland Bulls are the other unbeaten team in Pool A, putting together two complete performances to sit comfortably in second.

If this trend continues then all eyes will be on a Bulls vs. QSST showdown on Friday, with the two teams meeting in the last fixture before finals.


Pool B

Beaten 2016 grand finalists NSWTA are off to the perfect start in their quest to go one better this year, recording wins against the Sunshine Coast Pineapples and Tasmania to start unbeaten.

NSWTA sit second on the Pool B table behind NSWCHS, with the latter’s for and against a huge +25 after two big victories.

A 13-0 win against the Victorian Storm was accompanied by a 15-3 victory against Tasmania as NSWCHS stamped their authority on the rest of the competition.

NSWTA will take on NSWCHS on Thursday at 2:00pm, with the winner likely to claim top spot in Pool B.


Pool C

Pool C is a story of two halves, with three teams unbeaten at the top and the other three yet to register a win after Day One.

The South Queensland Sharks, South West Queensland Swans and Brisbane City Cobras are all on two wins after their two matches, and unbelievably the Sharks are yet to concede a touchdown.

The South Australian Heat, ACT Raiders and Northern Territory will all need massive Day Two performances to get back in the competition after going through the first day winless, but stranger things have happened in the world of Touch Football.

Swans superstar Emily Ward leads the tournament in touchdowns and she will be hoping to add to her seven when Day Two gets underway at 9:00am on Thursday.



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