70 of the best for QSST has them on track for back-to-back
The 18’s Girls quarter-finals are all set at Touch Football Australia’s National Youth Championships, with defending champions QSST the hot favourites after going through the pool stages undefeated.
What makes this achievement even more remarkable is the fact this team conceded just three touchdowns in their five games while scoring 70 of their own.
It is an unbelievable effort from last year’s winners and it will take an almighty effort for them to be beaten.
However, stranger things have happened, and in sudden-death playoffs anything can happen.
NSWCHS and the South West Queensland Swans will be making sure the Queenslanders do not have it all their own way following their efforts to top their pools without a loss.
Below is a rundown of the final pool standings, including who is alive to fight for the title.
QSST cruised to a 10-1 over the second-placed Central Queensland Bulls in their last match of the pool stages to seal top position and set up a quarter-final match-up with the Sunshine Coast Pineapples.
Although suffering a loss, the Bulls have still done enough to make the finals and they will play the Swans in a tough match-up.
NSWCCC and NSWCIS played out a 5-all draw on Day Three to leave each other sitting in third and fourth position respectively, with both just missing out on quarter-final action.
Touch New Zealand ended their pool matches on a high, defeating the winless Western Tigers 6-1 in a dominant display.
NSWCHS completed their supremacy of Pool B to record a 9-5 win over the Pineapples, confining the Pineapples to third and a tough quarter-final clash against QSST.
NSWCHS will now take on the Brisbane City Cobras who finished third in Pool C – scraping into the quarter-finals in the process.
Last year’s beaten grand finalists NSWTA finished second in Pool B with one loss to their name, meaning they will face the South Queensland Sharks in what could be the match of the day.
The North Queensland Tropical Cyclones could not get past NSWTA on Day Three, but a solid performance in the group stages has them finishing fourth in Pool B.
Victoria earned their first win of the competition on Day Three, beating Tasmania to finish one position above their Alliance rivals.
The Swans finished the group stages without a loss and will be finals ready after a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Cobras on Day Three.
The Cobras threw everything they had at the Swans but just could not achieve victory meaning a third-placed finish in Pool C was what they had to settle for.
In between these two teams sits the Sharks who ran away with a big 9-1 win over the South Australian Heat in their last fixture.
The Heat can be proud of their efforts, finishing fourth in Pool C with a win and a draw in what was a tough side of the competition to be on.
The ACT Raiders finish the pool stages equal on points with the Heat after beating Northern Territory 6-2 early on Day Three.