Over 300 young players from around Queensland took part in the Under 10 Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) Boys State Carnival held at Meakin Park over the weekend, despite some heavy rain impacting the latter half of the tournament.
Kicking off on Saturday, 24 October, the event including participating sides from South West and South East Queensland alongside teams from the five regional SAP centres; Far North Queensland, North Queensland, Central Queensland, Mackay and Wide Bay.
“It was great to see the Under 10 SAP Boys playing against their peers from around the state, as we welcomed teams from each of the five regional SAP centres for the Under 10 SAP Boys State Carnival on the weekend,” State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer said.
“There was some fantastic talent on show on Saturday as each team played in a host of matches, before the day was unfortunately cut short due to heavy rainfall.
“While it was disappointing to be forced to cancel some of the matches due to the weather conditions and state of the fields, we were very pleased to still be able to accommodate an adjusted set of fixtures for regional teams on Sunday.
“This new set of fixtures ensured that regional teams who had travelled long distances from Central and North Queensland to participate in the two-day carnival were still able to play a decent number of games against some of their South East Queensland based counterparts.
“We sincerely thank all of the participating teams, players, coaches and parents for their understanding as we adjusted the weekend’s fixtures due to the heavy rainfall.
“I’d also like to commend the young players for their enthusiasm over the weekend, and thank all who were in attendance for following the COVID Safe measures in place across the event.
“We look forward to welcoming these players, coaches and families back to Meakin Park for other SAP state events in future.”
QAS and Brisbane Roar Academy players were on hand to referee matches over the weekend, while Talent Support Program coaches and FQ Technical Staff were also in attendance at the carnival.
The last SAP state event in 2020 will be the Under 11 SAP Boys State Carnival at Meakin Park on November 7 and 8.