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Super 8's Touch Competition Showcases Top Talent (QT Story)


THE inaugural Super 8s touch football competition tapped off last Friday.

The concept, which is the brainchild of Ipswich Touch Football stalwart Toni Notley, pits eight teams against each other in two divisions, men's and women's.

The Ipswich Touch Association-run competition runs for five weeks with teams playing two games every Friday night and was created for elite players to finalise their preparations for the National Touch League and Elite 8 carnivals next month in Coffs Harbour.

"Not only did the ITA want to showcase the depth of touch football talent, but we also wanted to promote the status of the sport in Ipswich," event organiser Notley said.

Such is the support for the event, teams have nominated from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

The array of talent on display is exceptional with many teams boasting current and former Queensland, Australian and international players.

The Super 8s provide opportunities for young touch footballers to hone their skills against more experienced players.

In addition, due to Touch Football Australia's affiliation with the National Rugby League, being scouted by a professional rugby league club is also a possibility.

Furthermore, 16 Ipswich businesses have stepped up to lend support to this concept by each solely sponsoring one of the teams.

Ipswich has a long and proud history of providing Queensland and Australian representative players, coaches and managers, and this standing isn't lost on the current crop of players.

Teams and individual players competing in the Super 8s will participate in a variety of divisions at the National Touch League, including the under 20 T-League, Men's 45s and both the Open Men's and Women's Elite 8 competitions.

Promoted as Five Weeks of Fury, the Super 8s runs for another four weeks at Jim Finimore Oval, One Mile, the home of the ITA Falcons.

Games start 6.30pm on Fridays.


Round 1 

Men's: MA Kent Stingrays 3 def. CFS Hire Rebel Force 2; Eddie's Wolf Pack 5 def. Brothers' Sharks 3; iThink Property Saints 9 def. Ikonic O'Doyle 4; Mallets Choice Flooring Cobras 12 def. Heritage Photos Zero to One Hundred 1.

Women's: Ipswich Toy Hire Cobras 10 def. Physioactive Force 1; GJ Walsh Meerkats 5 def. Chris Paterson IGGS 1; McNamara and Associates 9 def. QPS Warriors 1; David Hill Carpet Laying Terrors 3 def. Anthony Bauer Plumbing Grommets 2.

Round 2

Men's: Brothers' Sharks 4 def. MA Kent Stingrays 1; Ikonic O'Doyle 5 def. Heritage Photos Zero to One Hundred 0; iThink Property Saints 11 def. Eddie's Wolf Pack 4; Mallets Choice Flooring Cobras 8 def. CFS Hire Rebel Force 3.

Women's: Ipswich Toy Hire Cobras 7 def. David Hill Carpet Laying Terrors 0; Anthony Bauer Plumbing Grommets 5 def. QPS Warriors 3; McNamara and Associates 5 def. GJ Walsh Meerkats 2; Physioactive Force 3 drew with Chris Paterson IGGS 3

Full Queensland Times story here...

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