Qld Primary All Schools Touch Competition

On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November the Primary All Schools Touch Competition was held at Redlands Touch Association in Cleveland and, for the first time in the College’s history, A.B. Paterson College had two teams, a combined Year 5/6 Girls Team and Year 5/6 Boys Team, representing it at this tournament. This competition is the state’s premier primary school touch football event, and the 2022 Championships had 183 teams participating across three days filled with terrific Touch Football.

Both teams competed in the King’s Touch Football competition a couple of weeks prior to this event as a warm-up competition, so after playing several matches together and getting some more training sessions under their belts, the coaches and players alike were extremely eager to get underway and test themselves against some of the best Primary School Touch Football teams the state of Queensland had to offer.

The Girls Team was incredibly competitive in every fixture they played and, after the first day, teams were seeded according to their results. Resultantly, the girls qualified for the ‘Plate Final’ which was a knock-out series where, after the first match, if victorious, the team would qualify for the Quarter Finals. Our Girls team managed to secure victory in this first fixture 4-2, which was an incredible result. Unfortunately, they lost the Quarter Final 2-1, but the teams were very evenly matched and in the end it could have gone either way.

After the first day of fixtures, our Boys Team qualified for the ‘Bowl Final’, and this series took the same path as the ‘Plate Final’. The boys were also triumphant in their first match 5-4, which meant they, too, progressed to the Quarter Finals. Like the girls, the Quarters was where the competition ended for the team, going down 5-2.

Considering this was the first time the Junior School entered teams in this tournament, they both performed incredibly well, and we look forward to building on the progress both teams made over the past few weeks in the future.

There were many standout performances across the two days, so to select an A.B. Paterson College ‘Player of the Tournament’ from each of our teams was rather difficult; however, Olive Davis was selected as the Girls Player of the Tournament and Oliver Watson as the Boys Player of the Tournament. Congratulations to all players for the level of improvement and outstanding sportsmanship displayed throughout the competition – they can feel very proud of their achievements.

It would be remiss of me not to say a huge thank you to our coaches who have worked with these teams since they were selected prior to the King’s Touch Football Competition: Tait Rolfe, Nikkita Halloway-Samuels, Mr Dean West, and Chantelle Halloway-Samuels. I would also like to thank the parents and family members of the players for their support over the course of the weekend which created an amazing environment for our competitors.

Lachlan Webb | Head of Touch Football