Young guns get selected as Wide Bay reps
Pattie and Kenny off to state championships in Townsville
A YOUNG newcomer and a three-year veteran have been selected as North Burnett representatives in the under-12s Wide Bay AFL team.
Monto’s Owen Pattie, who is only 10-years-old, and Gayndah’s Liam Kenny got some high praise from Wide Bay coach Darren Baldwin as “kids that can read the play, be pretty tough and tenacious”.
Owen had never played AFL before, but reportedly made a “sensational effort” to be included in the team, Baldwin said.
North Burnett manager Leah Trott said: “We’re pretty pleased to have two players in the team”.
“We had two players in last year too.”
With the nearest AFL clubs in Bundaberg, Childers, Gympie and Maryborough, it’s not surprising the game doesn’t have the same presence in the North Burnett as rugby league, Trott said.
As the North Burnett has fielded an U12 team for the past three years, this may have been the first time, or the first time in many years since the North Burnett hosted the selection carnival, she said.
Baldwin praised the well-organised carnival and said there were lots of boys new to AFL who had been “learning heaps”.
He said the new Wide Bay team would train together on two Sunday sessions before competing in the state championships to be held in Townsville in early June.
SOUTH BURNETT AFL U12s: South Burnett Uder-12s at the AFL Wide Bay trials. Moving left: Caleb Dalton (6), Shaun Pukallus (19), Lauchlan Beutel, AndreWoltmann, Alex Cran, Jake O'Sullivan, Declan Hutchinson, Tim Redlich, Layton Lawton, Kyle Wilson, James Packer, Malachi Lawton, Ethan Norris, Ethan Cotter and Beau Jackson (13).