This year Coomera Rivers State School assembled a team of 11 talented touch football players from Year 6 to compete in the 2018 All Schools Primary Tournament at Cleveland Showgrounds, Redlands, Brisbane. The team consisted of 6 boys and 5 girls of all playing abilities including – school, club and representative levels. In the “MIXED” teams category we were one of 53 teams competing for the title. We showed offensive finesse playing with an exciting attack style, and demonstrated strong defensive play holding some teams scoreless for entire halves.
The team journey began in Term 3 – with a selection process involving participation in a lead up tournament, whilst upholding exemplary behaviour standards and involvement in lunchtime touch football competitions and inter-school sport. We wanted to have not only talented touch football players, but students who would represent the Coomera Rivers values to the wider community.
Our first day of All Schools competition began on Saturday – we were given the later schedule, first game beginning at 3:42pm and our last starting at 6:27pm. On this day our team were undefeated winning 3 matches consecutively (with an approximate 1hr break between). We had a mixture of close games matched with games where Coomera Rivers dominated the competition (one match in particular had a score line of 13-1). The team's Saturday performance placed us in the Championship 16 Finals – where teams who stay undefeated playoff in an elimination knock-out format.
On Sunday, the first match began at 10:40am. Our team showed tremendous heart winning their Round of 16 match by multiple tries, still feeling energised despite incredible performances from the previous day. This took us on to the Quarter Finals that were played at 12:40pm. Unfortunately, we lost in a close match 4-3 to another talented team.
Overall Coomera Rivers finished as one of the Top 8 Mixed Primary Touch Football teams in Queensland – which is an incredible effort and shows growth and development from 2017. The students involved left it all on the pitch and gave their best effort at all times. The players were great ambassadors of the school and represented themselves, their families, their school and each other with pride – valuing fun, fitness and friendship. Mr Burrows and Mr Murillo feel very privileged to have coached such an amazing group. Thank you also to their families for all of their support, time and effort behind this competition.