EAGLES ROCK: Eagles touch players (from left) Taylor Anderton, Joseph York, Mika Stam, Kody Lawery and Gaby Anderton share a love of touch footy and are proud their club won the Small Affiliate Award at the State Junior Cup.
EAGLES ROCK: Eagles touch players (from left) Taylor Anderton, Joseph York, Mika Stam, Kody Lawery and Gaby Anderton share a love of touch footy and are proud their club won the Small Affiliate Award at the State Junior Cup. Meg Gannon

Eagles rock state-wide touch footy competition

TOUCH FOOTBALL: For Dalby Touch Association president Nevin Burton, it's not always about the win - touch footy is a way for kids to get out and socialise, as well as keep fit and active.

But even Burton can admit it's nice to be recognised and this year the Dalby Eagles have been recognised with one of highest accolades in the junior touch football world.

The Eagles won the Small Affiliate Award at this year's Junior State Cup, played at Hervey Bay.

Competing against 230 teams for the Junior State Cup, the competition has become one of the larger competitions in Queensland.

So to have the eight teams from Dalby honoured over some of the state's best touch footy players is flattering, according to Burton.

"The award is based on the accumulated points over the three days of the carnival and whoever ends up on top in those various degrees or categories,” Burton said.

"We ended up winning the trophy.”

It was the combined effort of a number of parties who helped the team win the award, and contributed to the club's success on the whole at the carnival.

"Credit goes to all the players who participated, all the coaches, managers, parents, and our sponsors who sponsor our uniform,” Burton said.

The Eagles teams ranged from under-8s to U18s, and had both male and female sides.

For a smaller club like the Eagles, an award like this is reassurance that the staff and players are on the right track with the training regiment and attitude to the game.

"It's not necessarily something we play for,” Burton said.

"But it's certainly an honour to get it, and it shows all the hard work that's put in by the kids and coaches, and managers and the association.”

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