It’s not an everyday event when a group of Normanton youth have the opportunity to travel to the Sunshine Coast and represent their region in a sporting event. This is exactly what happened in February with 14 boys aged between 11 and 14 representing North Queensland at the Oz Tag Queensland Junior State Titles.
The trip can only be described as a resounding success with the boys being great ambassadors for Carpentaria Shire and the Gulf region. All the boys had to attend many weeks of training before the trip, and they should all be commended for their willingness to participate and the high level of enthusiasm and commitment. Many of the boys had never travelled on a large plane or been to Brisbane, so this in itself was a reason for much excitement. To the delight of the boys, and the adults as well, there was a brief photo opportunity with some of the Melbourne Storm players at Brisbane airport en route to the Sunshine Coast.
Over the weekend the boys had as much success off as on the field. With 74 teams comprising 1000 players in the competition the boys made it to the quarter finals. Isaac Owens was named Best and Fairest player for Saturday and Sunday games. Jesse McPherson and Isaac were selected to represent Queensland in the under 14’s Oz Tag Team in June 2012.
Due to their commitment the two boys were also selected to play in the Far North Queensland Senior Open Men’s team to play in the Queensland Oztag Senior State titles. Skytrans were proud to provide the boys with return flights from Normanton to Cairns at no charge, in order to compete at such an advanced level. Both boys displayed skills beyond their years and competed extremely well against mature aged players.
It is hoped that this is the first step on the path to establishing an OzTag competition in Normanton and the wider Gulf region and providing other youth with opportunities to also play at high levels of competition.
Congratulations to the Normanton Crocs: Gasmun Kampf; Jesse McPherson; Renee Turner; Carl Casey; Nicholas Casey; Rakeem Rainbow; Juwan Fraser; Zachary Gilbo; Troy Kumsing; Isaac Owens; Collis Casey; Kelean Logan; Raymond Dalton; and Isaiah Callope.
Isaac Owens & Jesse McPherson with Skytrans Community Development Manager Billy Gordon
Normanton Crocs Under 14 Oztag Team