WINNERS: Uma Brennan and Sophie Ure both played in the undefeated Central Queensland U17 Girls side at the 2017 U17 State Championships in Brisbane.
WINNERS: Uma Brennan and Sophie Ure both played in the undefeated Central Queensland U17 Girls side at the 2017 U17 State Championships in Brisbane. Contributed

BITS' girls return from State Championships undefeated

AFL: BITS juniors Sophie Ure and Uma Brennan have returned home from representing Central Queensland Under-17 Girls in the State Championships at Brisbane.

Playing in Pool B, the CQ girls made a swift start to the October 19-22 champion- ships, easily accounting for Northern Rivers in their first match.

Ure kicked a goal during the 9.7 (61) to 2.0 (12) victory on Thursday and backed up that effort with two goals the following day in a 16.11 (107) to 0.3 win against Darling Downs.

A tough 32-point win against Papua New Guinea in game three and victory over North Queensland in the crossover match had the girls return undefeated.

TALL TARGET: Sophie Ure, 14, is off to Brisbane on Thursday to play in the U17 State Carnival for the CQ Kookaburras.
TALL TARGET: Sophie Ure, 14, is off to Brisbane on Thursday to play in the U17 State Carnival for the CQ Kookaburras. Matt Taylor GLA131017SOPH

"We had a really good team and all worked well together,” Ure said.

"We put a good margin on some of the teams. Two of the games were pretty close up until the third quarter.

"It was pretty exciting and good to kick a few goals. We got to share the goals around against Darling Downs which was really good.”

Weather at the Brisbane venue deteriorated as the four-day competition wore on, making for some tough conditions on Saturday when CQ took on PNG.

"Thursday and Friday were good games in good conditions. Friday night it started raining and rained all day constantly on Saturday so that was a wet, muddy game, Ure said.

"It was pretty muddy again (yesterday) morning but not raining.”

Uma Brennan
Uma Brennan Contributed GLA240817WINNERS

The game against PNG was particularly testing for the CQ girls given the weather and athleticism of the visitors.

"They played really well and they're always fun to play,” Ure said.

Four games in four days took its toll 14-year-old Ure, who hoped her father would let her have the day off school today.

"I'm a bit tired now. I got a few knocks and bumps from the bigger girls,” she said.

"Some of them were a bit rougher than I'm used to in club (games), especially at my age, I'm not being used to going up against people as old as that.

"They've got a few more years of growing than I have.”

Results - POOL B

GAME 1: Central Queensland Kookaburras 9.7 (61) defeated Northern Rivers 2.0 (12)

Goals: CQ - M Goodwin 5, S Uku 2, Sophie Ure; Northern Rivers - L. Doyle, J. Stephenson.

Best: CQ - L. Bella, E. Hampson, C. Carroll, K. Lynch, M. Goodwin, S. O'Grady; Northern Rivers - L. Doyle, C. Quinn, R. Edmeades, L. Stephenson.

GAME 2: Central Queensland Kookaburras 16.11 (107) defeated Darling Downs 0.3 (3)

Goals: Sophie Ure 2 (other CQ scorers unavailable).

GAME 3: Central Queensland Kookaburras 6.3 (39) defeated Papua New Guinea 1.1 (7)

(CQ scores unavailable).

CROSSOVER MATCH - 1st Pool B v 3rd Pool A

GAME 4: Central Queensland Kookaburras 5.6 (36) defeated North Queensland 3.0 (18).

(CQ scorers unavailable).