Ju­niors show off touch footy skills

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

TWENTY Gayn­dah ju­nior touch play­ers en­joyed a run in the 2014 State Cup Car­ni­val, play­ing for other teams.

Par­ent Jodie Else­bach said Gayn­dah ju­nior touch had fielded teams in pre­vi­ous years, but there were in­suf­fi­cient play­ers in the dif­fer­ent age groups this year.

The state car­ni­val at­tracted more than 200 teams, a record num­ber of en­tries, with Gayn­dah play­ers as­signed to Kawana, Kin­garoy, Noosa and Her­vey Bay teams.

Six un­der-14 play­ers – Zane Rat­cliff, Mac Kenny, Karl Else­bach, Ry­ley Dray­tun, Zac Wil­liams and Cal­lan Trott – played for Kin­garoy.

Trott said his team played seven matches against Gold Coast and Rock­hamp­ton teams.

“Touch is my favourite code over rugby league and AFL, be­cause no-one misses out,” he said.

“Touch uses the whole team.

“Touch has more dif­fi­cult rules and is a chal­lenge.”

Trott, who has played touch for “a long time,” de­scribed the sport as

Cal­lan Trott

Touch is my favourite code over rugby league and AFL

re­ally good, with his other pas­sion long-dis­tance run­ning keep­ing him fit.

Ry­ley Dray­ton said they’d not had an op­por­tu­nity to train with the Kin­garoy team, but he en­joyed reg­u­lar Wed­nes­day night train­ing in Gayn­dah and had made the Pos­si­bles and Prob­a­bles team for Wide Bay.

PHO­TOS: EMILY SMITH

IN THE ZONE: Ains­ley Zi­eth gets set to make a pass.

Ai­dan El­liot is the class pro, af­ter having played the sport be­fore.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TALENTED CREW: Ry­ley Dray­ton (left), Mac Kenny (sec­ond left), Zane Rat­cliff (sec­ond right), Karl Else­bach (right). Not pic­tured: Zac Wil­liams, Cal­lan Trott.

Jack McCabe has the new tech­niques down pat.

Coul­ter Hut­ton is a future Bris­bane Lions star in the mak­ing.

Grace Ogle en­joys the time out­side the class­room.

Mia Lazarus prac­tises con­nect­ing ball to boot.

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