Sydney junior Scorpions show off their sting
SYDNEY Scorpions won three divisions when Ballina Touch Football Association hosted the NSW Junior Regional Tournament at Saunders Oval on the weekend.
The Scorpions played in five of the six finals winning two divisions in the Under-14s and the Under-16 girls.
It was the first time the Ballina club had hosted the prestigious event, which attracted 35 teams and hundreds of supporters from across the State.
Cyclone Debbie threw preparations into disarray three weeks out, when record rainfall left Saunders Oval resembling a swamp, but the tireless efforts of Ballina Touch volunteers and Ballina Council staff ensured near perfect ground conditions.
"We received nothing but compliments from players, coaching staff and spectators who attended,” Ballina junior director Scott Turner said.
"Our facilities - the clubhouse, lighting and grounds - are the envy of many clubs, and our wonderful team of volunteers turned on a welcome as warm as the weather.
"It was a large and generous crowd. As well as enjoying some outstanding competition, they helped us to raise almost $900 for the Lismore Flood Appeal.”
Northern Eagles teams, which included 19 Ballina Touch representatives, performed well across the weekend.
The Under-14 girls made the finals and the Under 18 girls' team, which included five Ballina players, won the Good Sports Award.
It is chosen by referees to recognise good sportsmanship across the tournament.
About 50 Ballina juniors attended a coaching clinic on Saturday morning conducted by current Australian touch players Samantha Rogers, Sarah Peattie, Sam Brisby and Jackson Mills.