Our CQ Bulls show elite form at nationals
TOUCH: Some Justin Cridland magic in the dying seconds lifted the Queensland Cowboys to national championship glory at the National Touch League Championships in Coffs Harbour.
With New South Wales ahead and the game in a drop-off situation, Cridland came to the fore for a pulsating 7-6 win, which made it a hat-trick of national titles for the Cowboys in the Men's Open Elite Eight competition.
Gladstone Touch president Kevin Cridland said it was a very successful tournament for the other Gladstone players.
Tallis Stanhope and Brad Hansen played key roles in Central Queensland Bulls' thrilling 6-5 win to take out the championships in the Men's T-League.
"It was a great result and also a really big deal with the girls making the grand final as well," he said.
Unfortunately the Women's T-League CQ Bulls team, which featured Chelsea Baker, Hannah Slaughter and Sophie Duff, were beaten 8-7 against Victoria Storm.
"I an very proud of them and their average age was 14 or 15 years," Bulls women's coach Tracy Upton said.
"The Vics were more experienced, but Chelsea led from the front."
The decider also reached a drop-off scenario while Upton said 14-year-old Duff starred.
"In my eyes she was definitely the stand-out and the player of the series," Upton said.
"She has a huge future."
The CQ women started on the back foot as the Vics slipped to a 2-0 lead.
"The game could have gone either way and we were 2-0 down early in the game," she said.
The coach added that the Bull's most complete game was a 5-1 thumping against Sydney Scorpions in the quarter-final.
It was a mixed campaign for the CQ Bulls' two other teams.
Steve Stanhope, Dennis Black and Mick Cavanagh represented the Men's 40s Bulls team which narrowly missed the finals with a 3-4 record and fifth place.
The CQ Bulls' 27s were winless despite some competitive scores against Victoria Storm and Hunter Western Hornets.
Gladstone's Nicole Lowe, Sonia Andersen and Tamara Schonknecht played in The Bulls' team while Lyncoln Rebel and Jason Stanhope played in the Bulls' B-team which finished sixth in Pool B of the Men's T-League division.