Championship Title Icing on Cake for Atherton Committee

first_imgOne of North Queensland’s smallest affiliates came up trumps against two of North Queensland’s strongest in two divisions last weekend at the 2013 North Queensland Open & Senior Regional Championships in Townsville, as Atherton’s Women’s Over 34 side claimed the title in their division with a spectacular 3-2 victory over Townsville Castle Hill, and the Atherton Women’s Open side earned a hard-fought victory over Gordonvale 6-5 to claim the Women’s Open Tier 2 title.After mixed results during early round games while combined with the Women’s Under 26 division, including an 11-1 loss to Townsville’s Women’s Under 26 side and a 5-1 victory over Mackay’s Women’s Over 34, the strength and experience of the Atherton Over 35’s side led them to a confrontation with division heavyweights Townsville Castle Hill on Sunday afternoon.The Atherton Women’s Open side weren’t so lucky, having a rough time finding points during round games, but eventually meeting a young but experienced Gordonvale side in the final of the Tier 2 division.The victories were all-the-more sweeter for Atherton, knowing that not only is it the first time that sides from Atherton have attended the annual NQ Championships since 2010 but that they came from an affiliate of less than three hundred players.After an absence from the annual NQ Championships since 2010, Atherton not only fielded the winning Women’s Under 34 and Women’s Open Tier 2 sides, but also fielded a Men’s Over 39 side who narrowly missed out on a spot in their division’s final, thanks in no small part to the efforts of a devoted committee that has worked tirelessly over the last few years to return strength to the representative levels of the sport in the Tablelands area.Adding to the glory of the Women’s Under 34 title, Atherton referees Karli Riesen and Adam Hogan were recognised for their efforts on the weekend, receiving Most Promising Female and Male referee awards respectively.Thank you to Kerrod Hall from North Queensland Touch for providing the content.Related LinksIcing on Cake for Athertonlast_img read more