Kids show off tal­ents

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

KIDS are kick­ing goals in their quest to make the North Bur­nett soc­cer teams.

Mun­dub­bera P-10 oval was over­run with 33 boys and 14 girls from Years 5 to 7 ea­ger to im­press coaches with their ball skills.

Monto girl Brit­tney Staines has been play­ing for two years and was ex­cited to be part of the girls’ team.

Brit­tney, 10, plays mid­field and said she liked hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to kick goals.

She went away from soc­cer last year and was look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to Her­vey Bay.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with my friends and scor­ing goals.

Bin­jour School prin­ci­pal Andrew Goldie helped co-or­di­nate the day and was im­pressed with the kids’ ef­forts.

He said soc­cer was a good way to learn co-or­di­na­tion and po­si­tional sense with­out the con­tact as­pect of rugby league.

“It doesn’t worry about your size or your weight, in soc­cer you can al­ways get in­volved,” he said.

Goldie said both the girls’ and boys’ teams were strong this year, but they would face fierce com­pe­ti­tion on the coast.

“They are up against it when they go away be­cause Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah don’t have strong comps, whereas down there they play and train with zone, academy, school and club.”

Goldie said city par­ents had eas­ier ac­cess to com­pe­ti­tion com­pared to their ru­ral coun­ter­parts.

Ru­ral par­ents have to travel long dis­tances to take their kids to games and the time com­mit­ment re­quired has seen par­ents pull kids from the sport.

The lack of sup­port re­sulted in Gayn­dah’s com­pe­ti­tion dwin­dling down from when it had 140 reg­is­tered kids at its peak.

“It’s hard be­cause par­ents can’t just give up a whole weekend any­more,” Goldie said.

“It is hap­pen­ing all over the place, not with just soc­cer.”

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

FANCY FOOT­WORK: Daniel Briggs tries to get around a de­fender at the North Bur­nett soc­cer tri­als.

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