Mosgiel touch players (from left) Abbey Johnston (15), Josh
Duff and Paige Thomson (both 14) have been selected for the
New Zealand mixed under-15 touch team which will compete in
Australia in August. Photo supplied.
Three Mosgiel teenagers are hoping to touch success when
they join the New Zealand mixed under-15 touch team in
Australia later this year.
The three play in the Taieri Plains sub region competition
and will compete against Australian state teams in the Gold
Coast in August.
St Hilda's Collegiate School pupils Abbey Johnston and Paige
Thomson and King's High School pupil Josh Duff have been
selected for the team following their success for the Otago
Otago Touch development officer Grant Milne said he was
''immensely'' pleased with the success of the Taieri Plains
He predicted the trio and the New Zealand team would be
''extremely successful'' at the tournament.
The players were a product of the success of the Taieri
Plains sub region set-up, he said.
''It's a good environment for the players to develop their
game and they are encouraged to do so.''
Sub region junior touch co-ordinator Rodney Johnston said
officials were ''ecstatic'' about the success of their young
It was ''unprecedented'' for the sub region to have three
players in a national team.
''There's a pathway for kids to reach representative
honours,'' he said of the set-up.
''We have a good atmosphere and a good environment for kids
to get together and have some fun.''
Abbey, Paige and Josh are part of a 16-strong team, which
also includes Otago player Jimmy Sinclair.