QSST win back-to-back titles

Eden Richards

QSST have gone back-to-back in the 18's Boys tournament, recording a comfortable 9-4 grand final win over the South Queensland Sharks at Touch Football Australia's National Youth Championships.

QSST have been unstoppable all tournament and nothing changed in the final, stamping their authority late in the first half before going on with it.

It means they have now gone two years in a row without losing a match at the National Youth Championships, establishing themselves as a powerhouse of the competition.

The team QSST beat in the 2016 grand final, the South Queensland Bulls, missed qualification to this year's final by the smallest of margin, losing by one touchdown to the Sharks in their semi-final.

South Queensland turned it on in that match-up and they deserve credit for defeating a quality team like the Bulls even if they could not achieve their ultimate goal of grand final glory.

The Sharks did well to keep up with QSST early in the grand final, but a 5-3 deficit at half-time was always going to be hard to overcome.

However, South Queensland gave QSST a scare early in the second half, scoring to cut the margin to one touchdown and steal back momentum.

But QSST's class soon showed, running in three touchdowns in a row to jump to an unassailable 8-4 lead.

Simply put, QSST shutdown the Sharks' biggest strength – their attack.

South Queensland had the most potent attack out of any team to play in this year's competition and they needed it to fire if they were to be any chance of causing an upset.

But QSST's defence was too good and their attack worked off the back of that to shut out any chance of a Sharks victory.

QSST deserved the win and had added incentive after watching their female counterparts fall just short of victory in the 18's Girls grand final earlier in the day.


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