Juniors show off touch footy skills
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
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.
IN THE ZONE: Ainsley Zieth gets set to make a pass.
Aidan Elliot is the class pro, after having played the sport before.
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.