Barracudas undone in final
THE heat was on for the Lismore Barracudas open mixed OzTag team in the Queensland State Cup at Caloundra at the weekend but they still managed to reach the final.
One of the players, Ben Daly, had to leave the field halfway through the Barracudas' semi-final win. He was taken to the local hospital with dehydration and migraines and put on an intravenous drip.
Team manager Janelle McAnelly said yesterday that Daly had stayed overnight in hospital with his girlfriend but was now fine.
Of their six pool games, the Barracudas won two, lost one and drew three.
They defeated Sunshine Coast North 3-1 in the quarter-finals and Brisbane Rivers 8-6 in the semi-final to qualify for the final against Far North Queensland.
The Barracudas had drawn with Far North Queensland in the preliminary rounds but went down 8-4 in the decider after leading 4-3 at half-time.
Lismore's girls scored two tries in the final - worth double in OzTag - and McAnelly said the team was right in it until the last 10 minutes.
Captain Hayley McAnelly led the team well along with veteran Mook Harrington.
Michael Munro and Aaron Campbell played to a high level throughout the tournament.
Hayley McAnelly was the leading try-scorer over the three days with seven.
It was a disappointing end to the weekend for Zahli Lowe, who popped a shoulder in the final and will miss her touch grand final in Lismore on Friday night.
"We went pretty well considering we had only two or three training runs and had a couple of players pull out beforehand," Janelle McAnelly said.