Roos keen to de­fend ti­tle

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT - Ge­orge Smith

MONTO’S premier­ship-win­ning rugby league team knows it needs to lift a gear to de­fend their 2012 ti­tle.

Af­ter tak­ing a break from the hard hits of the sea­son, the boys in the Roos started pre­par­ing for 2013 with touch foot­ball be­fore mov­ing to pool ses­sions be­fore Christ­mas.

Cap­tain Shane Carter is un­der no il­lu­sions about how his team must ap­proach the up­com­ing sea­son, par­tic­u­larly with the ad­di­tion of Theodore bring­ing an el­e­ment of sur­prise to the Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion.

“We have much the same team as last year, but we will have to step up an­other level and train harder if we are to be a chance of de­fend­ing our ti­tle,” Carter said.

“We started fit­ness train­ing with ball skills on Tues­day with an­other ses­sion tonight and will con­tinue for a month be­fore get­ting more se­ri­ous.”

So far no dates have been set for tri­als, but the team is hop­ing for a hit out with Cal­liope.

But on Fe­bru­ary 9 the club will host its an­nual golden oldies ver­sus young guns just to re­mind ev­ery­one of their foot­balling abil­i­ties and fit­ness.

The club will also be hold­ing its sign-on day on Jan­uary 26 at the Monto Golf Club.

Any­one wish­ing to join in a play­ing or non-play­ing ca­pac­ity should con­tact Gary Popp on 0427 589 575.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

NEW SEA­SON: The Roos proudly hold the premier­ship tro­phy for 2012, but they know it is a long road to be Cen­tral Bur­nett ti­tle hold­ers in 2013.

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