Kids show off talents
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.”
FANCY FOOTWORK: Daniel Briggs tries to get around a defender at the North Burnett soccer trials.