A Stanthorpe Oz tag team in action at the Sunshine Coast.
A Stanthorpe Oz tag team in action at the Sunshine Coast. Contributed

Stanthorpe Oztag boys win respect

Oztag: It was the classic story of the underdog earning the respects of their peers for the Stanthorpe Lightning at the Queensland Oztag State Cup over the weekend.

A total of 27 under-16 and under-17 players travelled to the Sunshine Coast to compete against more than 2,500 other Oztag players from across the state.

"Our boys just fought so hard against these teams which are clearly much more experienced,” said Stanthorpe Oztag President Peter Burnell.

He said the boys played in some very tight games, but it was the passion for the sport that made the weekend.

"I had one of the boys come off towards the end of the game and said 'I know we're getting flogged but I love this.'”

The boys' positive attitude helped them gain the respect of the other more experienced teams.

The Labrador team - who went on to win the grand finals - insisted on having a photo taken with Stanthorpe Lightning after a match.

"After the game the Labrador coach made them get together to show the respect for what Stanthorpe had done.

"That for us was the pinnacle of the weekend, it showed how much respect the boys had for us.”

The players are still waiting to hear if any of the players have been selected for the Queensland team.

"I really believe some of our boys could get in - you never know what they're looking for, ball skills, running or just a good team players.”

Burnell thanked all of the Stanthorpe parents for getting the players to the coast and organising barbecues over the weekend.

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