Young guns get selected as Wide Bay reps

Pat­tie and Kenny off to state cham­pi­onships in Townsville

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

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).

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