Tight squad punches above its weight

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Geraldton Touch Association competed in two divisions at the WA State Touch Football Championships in Perth.

Despite playing numbers down from recent years, both teams laboured hard against elite metro associations with far superior catchment areas.

Geraldton’s men’s over-40s side had a tough initiation to the carnival, falling 16-2 to eventual champions Joondalup in their Pool A opener.

They recovered swiftly, achieving positive results against both Southern Districts and Perth Brothers, which left them finishing second in the pool. This result pitted them against Fremantle, with the Mid West side holding all the aces in a solid 7-2 playoff victory.

However, they were stopped by Rosalie 4-2 in their final game of the campaign.

It was a tougher campaign for Geraldton’s mixed open team, who were unable to win a game at the carnival but were able to blood several youngsters who got their first taste of representative touch football.

Association vice-president Tristan Reed said both teams went down to Perth with fantastic attitudes and he was hopeful the GTA could enhance its foothold in future tournaments.

“I think what we need to do as an association is get more interest in the State titles,” he said. “In the past 12 years this would have been the smallest squad numbers-wise we would have taken away from Geraldton. I think we just need to get that interest back.”

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